85 arrests in Wiltshire Police Christmas drug and drink-drive campaign

The number of road accidents were down on the previous year

The number of road accidents were down on the previous year

First published in Wiltshire

Wiltshire Police's Christmas drug and drink-driving campaign resulted in 85 Wiltshire drivers being arrested for providing a positive breath test, refusing to or failing to provide a test.


The national campaign, which ran throughout December, saw a total of 2,579 breath tests undertaken with an additional 13 drivers arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs while driving.


Head of Roads Policing at Wiltshire Police Inspector Steve Cox said that the Christmas campaign had been successful across the region.


He said: “'The aim of this year’s campaign was firstly to highlight the dangers of drug and drink-driving supported by a planned pro-active increase in the number of road checks and vehicles stopped.


“What I would like to make perfectly clear is that we have officers patrolling our roads throughout the year – not just over the Christmas period. Drivers should not get complacent as we have a team targeting those drivers who put themselves and others at risk by getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”


In December 2012, the number of collisions fell by 277 compared to the same period in 2011 which saw the number of breath tests given following collisions reduce by 65.


Anyone wishing to report someone for a driving offence can call Wiltshire Police on 101.

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