More than 70 drivers arrested so far as part of Operation Tonic

More than 70 motorists have so farbrefaliser (2) been arrested since the start of Avon & Somerset’s December drink-drive crackdown.

Of those arrests, 22 have been in Bristol, five in B&NES and a further five in South Gloucestershire.

There have been ten arrests in North Somerset, 10 in East Somerset and 19 in West Somerset.

The arrests follow high visibility stop-check operations and intelligence-led targeted patrols. And many have been as a result of information received directly from the public.

Chief Inspector Yan Georgiou said: “I am grateful for all the information that has been supplied by the public to date. The role of local people is extremely important in helping us to crack down on anyone getting behind the wheel of a car when they have been drinking or taking drugs and posing a serious threat to other road users.

“As we head towards Christmas and beyond, we will be continuing our activities and this will include stop checks early in the mornings. Motorists need to ensure they are not drinking and driving home but also that they are not over the limit the following morning.”

Police urge anyone who has concerns about someone they believe may be drink- or drug-driving to call 999 or text the word ‘drunk’ and as many details as they can to 81819.