Nearly 50 arrested for drink or drug driving across the region since December 1

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By matt_2009 | Wednesday, December 12, 2012, 10:38

Police have arrested nearly 50 people for drink or drug driving across Avon and Somerset in the first week of the Operation Tonic Christmas campaign.

Since it started on December 1 a total of 47 motorists who have been stopped have tested positive.

Chief Inspector John said: "This is an excellent result so far and sends a clear message to people that our officers are out there and are determined to catch offenders."

An example of that was in the Clifton area on Wednesday afternoon and evening (December 11) when traffic police carried out static checks - stopping passing vehicles and talking to the drivers - on Whiteladies Road and the Triangle.

They issued eight fixed penalty notices for traffic offences and took eight breath tests, which were negative.

This Christmas police are asking people to shop a drink or drug driver by ringing 999 or texting the word drunk to a special number, 81819, from their mobile and giving the driver's details if they see anyone getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

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