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Crime figures for our Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Crackdown

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Wednesday, 3 January 2018

We sent you information recently about our Drink and Drug Driving Christmas Crackdown over December. We would like to take this opportunity to update you on the arrest figures that have occurred as a result of this operation.

Compared to last year, there has been a slight fall in the number of drivers stopped for drink and drug driving during December. Our officers arrested 195 people between 1st December - 1st January.

The official breakdown of these statistics are as followed: 138 individuals were arrested for drink driving, 55 were arrested for drug driving and two people arrested for being in charge of a vehicle whilst over the limit (not driving but in the driver's seat with keys in ignition).

Of these arrests so far, 23 have been convicted and a further 79 have been charged, this compares to 208 arrests during the same period last year. Although the figures have reduced since last year, it is disappointing that so many people still decided to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Although our dedicated campaign has ended, we will still proactively and reactively respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers throughout the year, and anyone who is caught will be dealt with robustly.

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