Drink and drug-drive arrests ‘tip of a very big iceberg’ Essex road safety chief warns
PUBLISHED: 14:08 28 November 2017 | UPDATED: 08:47 29 November 2017
Roadside drug test. Picture: SUFFOLK CONSTABULARY
A call for motorists to take more responsibility for their driving has been made by a senior road safety officer in Essex.
Adam Pipe, casualty reduction manager at Essex Police. Picture: ANDREW PARTRIDGE
The annual Christmas anti-drink and drug-driving campaign begins on Friday, and in the last 12 months in Essex, 12% of crashes involved a driver who was over the drug or alcohol limit, or who failed to give a sample – while the number of drug-drivers is now almost matching those breaking the alcohol law.
More officers are being trained and equipped to carry out roadside drug tests.
Adam Pipe, force casualty reduction manager, said he thought police were only arresting “the tip of a very big iceberg” when it came to drink and drug-driving.
“I’m really worried about that,” he said.
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