26th September 2020

More drivers breath tested this year than last and fewer were charged according to final Operation Tonic figures

Final figures for Avon and Somerset Police’s summer Operation Tonic drink and drug driving campaign show that more drivers were breath tested this year than last, and that fewer were charged.

Road Safety lead, Superintendent Richard Corrigan, said:

“This is more encouraging evidence that our campaigns are working. Drivers seem to be heeding all the messages we issue about the seriousness, the dangers and the consequences of drink and drug driving.”

During June police breath tested 974 drivers against 472 in 2014. They charged 78 drivers this year compared to 97 in 2014.

Police conducted 17 roadside drug tests with new equipment introduced this year. One person was arrested but not yet charged as police are waiting the results from the laboratory.

Supt Corrigan said:

“Road safety is a year-round commitment for us and we will continue to use the powers and the tools we have to stop and arrest anyone suspected of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.”

Anyone who has concerns about someone they believe may be drink or drug driving is urged to call police on 101.