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40 motorists arrested for drink/drug drive offences in first week of crackdown

40 motorists arrested for drink/drug drive offences in first week of crackdown
Officers have arrested 40 motorists for drink and drug drive offences in the first week of the Christmas crackdown.

Since the campaign began on 1 December, they have been targeting suspected drink/drug drivers across the county and have been breath testing motorists who have committed moving traffic offences or who they suspect by the manner of their driving are doing so while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Of those 40 arrests, 22 people have been charged and bailed to court and 14 released under further investigation.

Sergeant Ben Brennan from the Roads Policing Unit said: 'We know that the majority of drivers are responsible but there are still too many willing to take a risk and take to the road under the influence of drink or drugs.   Officers from our Roads Policing unit have tested more than 100 motorists this week alone.

'We want people to have fun and enjoy the festive season but to do so safely. That means not driving at all if you have been drinking any amount of alcohol, no matter how small, or if you are impaired by prescription or illegal drugs.'

'Deciding to drink and drive could cost you more than your licence.'

The national campaign runs until 1 January 2018.

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