Motorists warned over dangers of drink driving

June 26 2015

POLICE are reminding drivers about the dangers of drink and drug driving – and those that do offend will be publicly named and shamed.

POLICE are reminding drivers about the dangers of drink and drug driving – and those that do offend will be publicly named and shamed.

Avon and Somerset made over 100 arrests last Christmas through implementing the Operation Tonic campaign, which aims to make roads safer.

But for the first time, traffic officers will be using "drugalyser" devices at the roadside to test motorists for suspected drugs, including cannabis and cocaine.

Drug drivers could face an unlimited fine, up to six months in prison, a minimum one-year driving ban and a criminal record.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “Over the summer, 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.”

For more information about Operation Tonic, visit: www.gov.uk/drug-driving-law.