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2July2015

Essex Police reveal summer drink-drive campaign results

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A total of 102 drivers were arrested during Essex Police annual summer drink-drive campaign between June 1 and June 30.

Officers across the county breathalysed drivers and used the new drug driving test kit for the first time since the introduction of new legislation in March this year.

A total of 1148 people were breathalysed and 96 were found to be driving above the legal drink drive limit.  26 drivers were tested for drugs and 10 were found be driving under the influence of illegal drugs.

Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager, said: ‘It is always 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.

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

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