23rd September 2019

First drink/drug drivers of December named by police

As part of Avon and Somerset Police’s Operation Tonic road safety campaign, they are naming motorists who are charged with a drink or drug driving offence during December and into the New Year.

As police did in their summer campaign, their traffic officers will be using “drugalyser” devices at the roadside to test drivers for suspected drugs, including cannabis and cocaine, using new laws that came in earlier this year.

Other police activity during the month will include vehicle stop-checks, targeted patrols and awareness-raising at events and in pubs and bars.

Helping police to spread the message this year is Somerset road safety campaigner Jane Hofmeister, whose daughter Amy was killed by a speeding drink-driver four years ago.

The first drink/drug drivers named this month are:

Geoffrey Deane, 37, Middlesex
Adrian James Martin, 35, Bridgwater, Somerset
James Mark Crozier, 31, Bristol
Fearn Lewis, 22, West Coker, Somerset
Paul Anthony Edwards, 35, KIngkerswell, Devon
Oliver Christian Pitman, 23, Minehead, Somerset
Peter John Reddington, 48, Patchway, Bristol
Kate Carmichael, 52, Wedmore, Somerset
Stuart Anthony Bush, 27, Little Stoke, Bristol
Joe Bicknell, 24, Bristol
Darryl Wayne Peacock, 57, Horfield, Bristol
Clare Louise Lovegrove, 40, Bristol
Brett Richards, 20, Warmley, Bristol
Craig Robert Cosens, 37, no fixed address
Stephen Dzickaniec, 42,Redfield, Bristol
Matuc Horvath, 31,Yeovil, Somerset
Henry Constantine Willicombe, 29, Bath
Steven Christopher Hill, 27, Bruton, Somerset
Robert Baker, 50, Bristol
Michael James Plummer, 34, Monmouth, Wales
Norman Burn , 64, Bristol
John Prince, 49, Winscombe, Somerset
Sarah Breen,  28, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Damien Wolski, 23, Bristol
Stephen Payne, 22, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset
Mitchell Summers, 27, Frome, Somerset
Christopher William Jones, 30, Langport, Somerset
Scott Jason Dagan, 25, Frome, Somerset
James Arthur  Brown, 60, Bristol
David Michael Bryant, 54, Highbridge, Somerset
Lutfur Rahman, 59, Bristol
Daniel Clail, 58, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Criag Jefferies, 34, Weston super Mare
Jake Herbert, 19, Langport, Somerset
Victoria Louise Bradley, 45 , Yeovil, Somerset
Kyle Isaac Watt, 28, Rangeworthy, South. Glocs.
Jade Leigh Leamon, 21, Redfield, Bristol
Stefan Iulian Demici, 30, Avonmouth, Bristol
Shane Quick, 27, Weston super Mare
Maurice Ribalta, 51, Castle Carey, Somerset
Richard John  Baldwin, 57, Weston- super- Mare
Brett Christian Szram, 29, Bristol
Charlotte Mary Fisher, 43, Bristol
Jayson Bayongasan, 36, Bath
Mark David Holland, 30, Ilchester, Somerset

Drug drivers could face an unlimited fine, up to six months in prison, a minimum one-year driving ban and a criminal record. Their driving licence will also show they’ve been convicted for drug driving. This will last for 11 years.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said:

“Over the festive period, many of us will be having fun, hosting gatherings and socialising with family and friends. Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is not only a crime, it is socially and morally unacceptable and can have devastating consequences.

The police are committed to keeping the roads of Avon and Somerset safe for all that use them.

I believe the majority of law-abiding people support the police in doing all we can to bring offenders to justice, keeping the roads safe not only this Christmas but all year round.”

Police would also urge anyone who has concerns about someone they believe may be drink or drug driving to call them on 101 or text the word drunk with as many details as they can to 81819.