Final drink-drive figures released for Operation Tonic
POLICE arrested and charged 136 people during Operation Tonic – the anti drink- and drug-drive campaign.
A total of 857 motorists were given breath tests during December across the the Avon and Somerset constabulary area.
Officers say the numbers were about what they expected this year as they ran a more "intelligence-led" operation targeting persistent offenders and venues know for problems, rather than road-side breath testing large numbers of the public.
This resulted in a higher percentage of positive tests.
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Chief Insp John Holt, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: "One drink or drug-driver is too many, but generally we are pleased that so many motorists we tested were negative - which means they heeded all our warnings and acted legally and responsibly."
Between December 1 and January 1, 314 breath tests were given following collisions, of which 50 were positive.
There were 543 tests not involving collisions, of which 86 were positive.
Just under 13 per cent of over-25s tested positive and 21 per cent of under-25s tested positive.
The force received 20 texts from members of the public who called a special hotline number 81819 to report someone they suspected was drink or drug driving.
Chief Inspector Holt said: "We take drink and drug driving seriously all year round, not just at Christmas, and people should know that we will continue to target and bring to justice any drivers who put themselves and others in danger.
"This Christmas our officers were out in towns and city centres, in shopping centres and motorway services, spreading the don't drink or drugs drive message. It's an ongoing campaign and one that we'll continue into 2013 and beyond."