86 arrests in Christimas drink-drive campaign

Just Regional
Jan 22, 2021 2 mins read

More than 80 people were arrested in Norfolk during the annual Christmas campaign to highlight the dangers of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

The month-long initiative, which began on December 1 and ended on New Year’s Day ran in conjunction with a UK-wide operation which saw officers carrying out roadside checks throughout the day and night.

This year, 46 drivers provided positive readings, while eight failed to provide a specimen and four were arrested for being unfit to drive through drink and drugs. Some 28 people failed roadside drug tests and a total of 86 motorists were arrested as a result.

Last year, 95 drivers provided positive breath tests and 82 people failed roadside drug tests.

Temporary Chief Inspector Jon Chapman, head of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk roads and armed policing team, said: “While fewer people have been caught drink- or drug-driving during this campaign, I think we have to acknowledge the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be a significant factor in that.

“However, it is disappointing to see that people are still prepared to gamble with their own life and the lives of others. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs your judgement, making your reactions slower and therefore increases the chances of being involved in a collision.

“People should not view this pandemic as an opportunity to break the law. Our officers are still out as usual and will be enforcing the fatal four causes of deaths and serious injuries on the roads.

“Expect to be dealt with appropriately if you are caught drink/drug driving; speeding; using a mobile phone; or not wearing a seatbelt. The risks are not worth it. You could lose your licence, be arrested, or – in the worst scenario of all – kill someone.”

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