More than 700 people were tested in Norfolk during the Christmas drink and drug driving campaign with 214 drivers failing.
The month-long campaign, launched on 1 December 2019, targeted drivers getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Additional patrols and roadside checks were carried out with Norfolk having a 29% fail rate.
In Norfolk 613 breath tests were carried out with 95 drivers providing positive readings (74 men/21 woman). Of the 100 drug tests conducted, 82 drivers failed (78 men/four woman). In addition, 15 people failed to provide a specimen and 22 people were arrested for being unfit to drive through drink and drugs.
During last year’s campaign in Norfolk 1,140 breath tests were carried out with 72 people providing positive readings, while 97 people failed drug tests out the 180 conducted. In addition, nine people were arrested for failing to provide a specimen while 11 people were arrested for being unfit to drive through drink or drugs.
Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, Head of the Roads and Armed Policing Team said: “It’s disappointing to see that people are still prepared to take the risk and get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“These people not only risk their own lives but the lives of others. We have first hand experience of having to deliver the devastating news to the families of those involved in fatal collisions that their loved ones have died. We would not wish this on anyone which is why we work hard throughout the year to tackle these crimes.
“Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol impairs your judgement, making your reactions slower and therefore increases the chances of being involved in a collision. The results from this year’s campaign show that we will target those who pose a danger to themselves and others on our roads and that they will be dealt with.”
Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green, said: “I attach great importance as Norfolk’s PCC to keeping our roads safe by working closely with Norfolk Police and partner agencies.
“A momentary lapse in concentration can lead to disastrous consequences and it is hugely disappointing that, despite the warnings, so many drivers are still intent on flouting the law.
“We all have a part to play in keeping our roads safe. Dangerous driving kills – whether through excessive speed, being drunk or on drugs, or not giving the road your full attention. Such carelessness is simply unacceptable and just not worth the risk. “The life saved may even be your own.”