Drivers from Redfield, Downend and Whitchurch among those charged with drink or drug-driving

stopThe first motorists who have been charged with a drink or drug-driving offence during this summer’s police crackdown have been named and shamed today.

The Operation Tonic road safety campaign began a week ago and 15 people have so far been charged. They include Christopher Clarke, 42, of Redfield, Daniel Anthony Mullins, 23, Whitchurch, and Luke Christopher Bennett, 31, from Downend.

For the first time Avon & Somerset  traffic officers are using ‘drugalyser’  devices at the roadside to test drivers for suspected drugs, including cannabis and cocaine, using new laws that came in earlier this year.

Police urge anyone who has concerns about someone they believe may be drink or drug-driving to call us on 101, or to text the word DRUNK and as many details as they can, like vehicle details and direction of travel, to 81819.