Close to 300 arrested for drink-driving in Essex over Christmas
Crime / Wed 10th Jan 2024 at 08:04am
AS part of their Christmas drink drive campaign, Roads Policing officers arrested 296 drivers in an effort to keep roads in Essex safe.
Each year the Roads Policing Unit dedicate the month of December to policing activities to focus on an important issue – drink driving.
Last year’s campaign, called “Drink Driving – Together we can stop it”, launched on Friday 1 December 2023. Over the month, 296 drivers were arrested as follows: 142 drivers were arrested for drink driving, 113 drivers were arrested for drug driving and 41 drivers were arrested for failing to provide a specimen.
The number of drivers arrested for drink driving was up from 103 and the number of drivers arrested for failing to provide a specimen was up from eight in the same period in 2022.
Essex’s Head of Roads Policing, Adam Pipe, said: “Our priority is, and always will be, to keep the roads moving and to be safe for all our road users.
“My officers will continue to work hard to tackle the road-related issues that affect our communities the most.
“Drink and drug driving is against the law, and yet each year, a number of drivers believe that they can get behind the wheel and drive safely. It’s not true – alcohol and drugs in your system impairs your reactions and you pose a danger to not only road users, but also to yourself.
“My Roads Policing officers arrested more drink drivers in December 2023 compared to the previous year, but we’re not complacent and recognise that this is an issue that doesn’t stop just because it’s a new year.
“They’ll continue to proactively patrol the roads, whether they’re the strategic main roads or the rural roads, to identify and target drink and drug drivers and take appropriate action to make sure all road users are safe.
“We’d continue to ask the public to support our work and if they know of anyone who is drinking or driving, to contact us on 101, or in an emergency call 999”.