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14July2015

Avon and Somerset Constabulary Operation Tonic results

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Avon and Somerset Constabulary have revealed their final figures for the summer Operation Tonic drink and drug driving campaign.

During June police officers breathalysed 974 drivers, 78 drivers were charged with an offence.  This shows a slight fall in the number of people arrested for drink driving in 2014, when 97 were arrested despite only carrying out 472 breath tests.

Avon and Somerset Constabulary also carried out 17 roadside drug tests.  One person was arrested but is yet to be charged.

Road safety lead, Superintendant Richard Corrigan said: ‘This is encouraging evidence that our campaigns are working.  Drivers seem to be heeding all the messages we issue about the seriousness, the dangers and the consequences of drink and drug driving.

‘Road safety is a year-round commitment for us and we will continue to use the powers and the tools we have to stop and arrest anyone suspected of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.’

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