Suffolk Police make 150 arrests in month-long campaign to tackle drink and drug driving
Police in Suffolk made 150 arrests as part of their annual Christmas campaign targeted on drink and drug driving.
The month-long campaign, which ran from December 1 to January 1, ran in conjunction with a UK-wide operation organised by the National Police Chiefs’ Council and saw a total of 658 drivers stopped by the force.
A total of 74 drivers were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, after 542 people were breathalysed in total.
There were slightly fewer drug-driving arrests, as 67 motorists were arrested on suspicion of the offence.
Eight people were also arrested for failing to provide a specimen, while one person was arrested for being unfit through drink or drugs.
Of the people who failed a test, 85 per cent were men and 21 per cent were under the age of 25.
Chief Inspector Jon Chapman, of the Joint Roads & Armed Policing Team, said: “It is incredibly disappointing that so many people are still prepared to take such unnecessary risks with their lives and the lives of others, when everyone is fully aware of the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.
“Our message for the campaign was ‘No Excuse’ and it is that simple: there is no excuse for risking lives or injuring others; no excuse for causing damage to other vehicles or property; no excuse for putting your livelihood at risk – if losing your licence would mean losing your job, the consequences of that would likely have an impact beyond yourself, especially if you have a family."
Police and Crime commissioner for Suffolk Tim Passmore said: "There is absolutely no excuse for anyone to get behind the wheel of a vehicle if they are unfit to drive, we all know drink and drug driving kills.
"It’s very disappointing to see, yet again, so many people failing the alcohol/drug test over the festive period, far too many drivers still prepared to risk their own lives and the lives of others.
“The vast majority of drivers on our roads are responsible but sadly there are still those, who despite the obvious dangers, insist on taking to the road under the influence of drink or drugs.
"My message to those irresponsible drivers who have chosen to ignore the law is take heed, our road policing officers are out across the county all day every day and if you get caught you will be prosecuted. There’s no excuse – don’t do it.”