More than 100 motorists arrested in Essex during summer anti-drink and drug-driving campaign

Drink drive campaign catches 102 drivers.

Drink drive campaign catches 102 drivers. - Credit: Archant

Essex Police arrested 102 drivers in the county during its June campaign.

Additional patrols through-out the month targeted busy night spots as well as more rural areas where drivers sometimes believe they can get away with drink-driving.

Officers also acted on intelligence provided by the public, given either directly to the force or anonymously through Crimestoppers.

In total 1,148 drivers were breathalysed, with 92 found to be over the legal limit or refusing to give a sample.

In addition 26 motorists were tested for driving while under the influence of illegal drugs, with 10 giving positive test results.

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The numbers were in line with last summer’s campaign when 1,577 drivers were breathalysed and 93 arrested on suspicion of drink-driving or failing to give a sample.

Adam Pipe, casualty reduction manager at Essex Police, said: “It is always very disappointing to see that a number of drivers consider themselves to be above the law and continue to put the lives of other innocent road users at risk by getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

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“The national summer campaign may have come to an end but that doesn’t mean our efforts to take irresponsible drivers off the county’s roads will. We will continue to take a zero tolerance approach to people who drive under the influence.

“Drink and drug-driving kill and with the introduction of new drug-testing kits we are better equipped than ever to crack down on selfish drivers.

“That said, we need the public to do their bit and speak up about people who regularly choose to get behind the wheel drunk or high on drugs.”

Ann Scott, eastern regional manager for Crimestoppers, added: “By telling us about someone who regularly drinks alcohol and drives you could be saving someone’s life.”

People should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They can call 999 if they see someone drunk getting behind the wheel.

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