Over 1,400 motorists stopped as part of tri-force drink drive crackdown - including in Cambridgeshire

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 February 2018

Over 1,400 motorists stopped as part of tri-force drink drive crackdown - including in Cambridgeshire

Over 1,400 motorists stopped as part of tri-force drink drive crackdown - including in Cambridgeshire

Archant

More than 1,400 motorists were stopped as part of a crackdown on driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire throughout December.

The National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC) annual operation which ran from 1 December 2017 to 1 January 2018 saw operations run by every police force in England and Wales to target drink and drug driving particularly around Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The Beds, Cambs and Herts Road Policing Unit stopped at total of 1,410 vehicles in December as part of the campaign, administering 605 breath tests and 44 drugs tests. Of these, 45 were positive, refused or failed breath tests and 22 positive drugs tests.

Inspector Chris Huggins, from the BCH Road Policing Unit, said: “Sadly we are still seeing far too many drivers on our roads who make the decision to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or drugs. This is not acceptable.

“A lot of campaigning has been done, and continues to be done across the country to change behaviours and educate people on the dangers of drink and drug driving and for the majority of people it is socially unacceptable and something they would never consider doing, however there are still drivers who do think it is acceptable to risk the lives of others.”

Nationally almost 100,000 vehicles were stopped, with more than 91,000 breath tests being administered during December 2017, resulting in 5,922 arrests.

Chief constable Anthony Bangham, NPCC lead for roads policing, said: “This year’s campaign used more intelligence led, targeted stops which resulted in slightly fewer vehicle stops than Christmas 2016 and a nearly four percent increase in arrests. Sadly this shows the high number of people who still get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs, which is a real concern.

“Despite forces sharing heart wrenching tales of local families who face Christmas without loved ones because of drink or drug driving, the percentage of breath tests taken following a collision that were positive, refused or failed remained the same as in 2016 (9.2 per cent) – a reminder that it is never worth the risk to get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Ely Standard visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Ely Standard staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Ely Standard account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More news stories

Yesterday, 21:20

A Tory county councillor and former British diplomat is set to force a by election after only a year in office to take on a £100,000 directorship of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority.

Yesterday, 12:00

Police chiefs have commended the “exceptional bravery” of victims of March paedophile Allan Hammond.

Fri, 15:33

A perverted retired company director, convicted of historic child sex acts over decades, has been given a 19-year sentence of which the 79-year-old could face as long as 17 years behind bars depending on whether he is paroled.

Fri, 14:21

A retired company director, who accused this newspaper of making up paedophile charges against him, has today been jailed for 17 years for what was described as “sickening abuse in a predatory campaign of exploitation” that lasted decades.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition E-edition

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Ely Standard weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy