16th Feb, 2019

More than 200 fail drink and drug driving tests in summer crackdown

Sarah Mason 16th Aug, 2017

MORE than 200 motorists were caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs as part of a West Midlands Police summer crackdown.

The month-long operation sawofficers target those suspected of breaking the law and putting themselves and others at risk.

Officers from West Midlands Police and the Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) operated roadside checkpoints and patrolled in unmarked vehicles during the national campaign throughout June.

Overall, there were 198 motorists who were over the drink-drive limit or failed to give a sample, and 25 positive for drugs.

This included one motorist who recorded 152 micrograms in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

Inspector Richard Gathergood, from CMPG, said: “It is completely unacceptable to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs.

“It increases the risk of a collision and such irresponsible actions can put the safety of yourself and other road users at risk of serious injury or even death.

“It is disappointing that some people in society still believe it is acceptable to drink or drug drive.

“Working with our partners in the Birmingham Road Safety Partnership, which includes the city council and fire service, we continue to try and educate people the dangers of drink or drug driving across West Midlands.

“This was an intelligence-led approach and we need the help of the public to help us target those who regularly putting lives at risk.

“If you suspect someone is drink or drug driving should call police or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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