Roads Policing officers arrest 583 drink or drug drivers over three months

Crime / Fri 26th Apr 2024 at 04:14am

IN an effort to try and keep Essex’s roads and all road users safe, Roads Policing Unit (RPU) officers have arrested 583 drivers in connection with drink or drug driving in the first three months of 2024.

Through a number of policing operations and proactive patrols across the county, officers identified drivers who were unfit to drive and breaking the law.

In total, they arrested 279 drink drivers and 229 drug drivers.

A further 75 drivers who failed to provide a specimen were also arrested.

Roads Policing Inspector James Freeman said: “Road safety is and always will be a priority for us, and we’re committed to doing all we can to keep our roads safe to reduce the number of killed and seriously injured collisions, some of which have alcohol as a contributing factor.

“That’s why we are supporting this month’s national road safety operation to highlight this issue, educate drivers and where necessary, enforce the law. 

“While people continue to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, we’ll continue this important work each and every day.

“Responsible drivers know not to get behind the wheel after they’ve been drinking, and we want everyone to be a responsible driver.”

Road safety continues to be a force priority, and we will ensure every effort is made to reduce the number of fatalities on our roads because one death is one too many.

The work of the Roads Policing Unit supports Vision Zero – our ambition to have no roads deaths in Essex by 2040 or sooner.

Support this important work and take the Vision Zero Pledge. For more information, visit Vision Zero Pledge – saferessexroads.org

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7 Comments for Roads Policing officers arrest 583 drink or drug drivers over three months:

2024-04-26 07:15:39

It would be interesting to hear how many of the vehicles involved had no tax or insurance and how many drug drivers were also done for possession or dealing

2024-04-26 08:36:45

Why is this still a thing? People know not to, selfish idiots.

2024-04-26 09:36:04

I would like to see Essex road policing units address tailgating on the duel carriageway of the M11 in their jurisdiction. Traversing that part of the motorway which now permanently jam packed with traffic is a nightmare. One made worse by tailgaters. A few weeks with a couple of unmarked cars pulling over offenders would send a clear message that tailgating is not acceptable a d highly dangerous.

2024-04-27 07:15:50

You will always have people who have a disregard for the law and other people’s safety. I’d guess that a lot of these will be people who were smoking joints. Their business if they want to do it but it does impair your judgement whilst driving etc.

2024-04-27 11:20:39

Should hammer anyone charged with these crimes.. People dont have boundaries or respect anymore. Unfortunately, still its up to the good people of harlow to try and keep standards up. There are still alot of good people about. 🙏🙏

2024-04-29 06:21:52

These people will be banned from driving , so also take their cars of them and crush them.

Dean Wilson
2024-05-01 11:53:02

Turkey - how about instead of destroying the cars, they are auctioned off and the proceeds go to charitable causes? Or the cars given to those who are shown to be upstanding members of society who are unable to purchase a car, etc. Far better use, less waste & would create a positive from a negative.

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