More than 100 motorists failed drink drive tests in June


More than 100 motorists were caught drink driving in Suffolk in June, while 23 drivers failed roadside drug tests.

The figures come as police from Suffolk and Norfolk took part in the summer crackdown on drink and drug driving, stopping 2,122 motorists in the process.

During the month-long campaign a total of 116 motorists in Suffolk provided positive breath tests.

In last year’s summer campaign 145 people provided positive tests.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, Head of Roads Policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, said the targeting of drug drivers had been a key focus of this year’s campaign.

He said: “This summer was the first campaign where we have used the new-drug testing kits to detect cocaine and cannabis.

“These kits, along with the standard breathalysers, means we are better equipped than ever to detect and take dangerous motorists off our roads.

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“Twenty-six motorists tested positive for either cannabis or cocaine during the campaign and I want to get the message out there, especially to younger drivers, that if you are driving under the influence of drugs there’s a good chance you will be caught.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs your judgement, making your reactions slower and therefore increases the chances of being involved in a collision.”

Drink driving is one of the fatal four motoring offences alongside speeding, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences and police in Norfolk and Suffolk work closely with partner agencies, including the Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership to educate drivers and improve safety.

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