Avon and Somerset Police say they are disappointed at the increased number of people caught drink or drug driving over the Christmas and New Year holiday.
A total of 155 people were arrested on suspicion of drink/drug driving offences compared with 106 in December 2014. Of those, 96 were charged compared with 59 during December 2014.
T/Chief Inspector Stuart Bell, leading the Operation Tonic road safety campaign, said:
“Even one driver caught driving under the influence is one too many. We are very disappointed in the increase in this year’s figures Once we have the full information and data from the operation we will be analysing the results to try to understand why so many people felt they could take the risk and break the law.
“Our ongoing aim is to work with our partners to educate people about the dangers and consequences of drink and drug driving, and to send out a strong message that to do so is morally and socially unacceptable. Ideally we prevent all drink and drug driving, and will aim to catch one hundred per cent of people who drink and drug drive, to deter others and to make our roads safer for all.
“We are still collating our statistics, so we don’t know for sure if the increase in drink/drug drivers is because we carried out more stop checks or more breath tests than last year, or if people just thought they could get away with it. What is clear is that these figures are too high – and we will be continuing our efforts to catch drink/drug drivers and to deter others, not just at Christmas but throughout the year.”
As part of Avon and Somerset Police’s Operation Tonic road safety campaign, they are naming motorists who were charged with a drink or drug driving offence during December and into the New Year.
Those charged between 17 – 31 December are:
Matthew Stone, 42, Taunton
James Kelvin Toothill, 25, Wellington, Somerset
David Jonathan Day, 33, Portishead
Adrian Michael Hannath, 42, Southmead, Bristol
Amy Whitehead, 22, Taunton
Mac Nduna, 24, Frome, Somerset
Jack Richard Moore, 22, Hartcliffe, Bristol
Rafal Pudlo, 32, Staple Hill, Bristol
Jan Patterson, 49, Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Grant Alan Newman, 29,Taunton
John Broad, 54, Speedwell, Bristol
Graham Rackham, 53, Minehead, Somerset
Colin Bell, 52, Bath
Darren Thomas Fitzpatrick, 39, Bristol
David Alexander Hoare, 48, South Glamorgan, Wales
Claudiu Milhalcia, 31, Horfield, Bristol
Thomas Karl Donnelly, 25, Weston-super-Mare
Alice Rose George, 24, Downend, Bristol
Richard Joseph Allan, 37, Taunton
Sam Fryer, 30, Bristol
Alexander Brian Painter, 21, Yate
Dmitri Druzik, 30, Bristol
Justin Daniells, 33, Bristol
Alan Woodhead, 64, Taunton
Tahir Hamid Idris, 37, Bristol
Clive Alan Grimsby, 56, Henbury, Bristol
Adam Stephen Clark, 33, Bishopsworth, Bristol
Edith Erskine, 67, Taunton
Ian Edward Anderson, 28, Taunton
David Doe, 29, Knowle, Bristol
Lisa Jane Anthony, 41, Bridgwater
Luke Kurylo, 22, Radstock, Somerset
Svetlana Sacharay Kuriliele, 43, Plymouth, Devon
Gavin James Bower, 33, Taunton
Caine Bruce Perkins, 36, Bridgwater
Shaun Brian Hill, 32, Barnstable, Devon
Daniel Alan Seabourne, 31, Burnham-on-Sea
Six people charged have not been named after careful risk assessment and concerns about their vulnerability.