Recent statistics released by Suffolk police revealed that more than 100 people were arrested on Suffolk roads in December on suspicion of drink or drug driving offences. 

A month-long campaign ran between Friday, December 1 and Monday, January 1, as part of a UK-wide operation organised by the National Police Chiefs’ Council.

During the month, officers ran roadside checks throughout the day and night and used intelligence to track down suspects.

Police in Suffolk stopped 816 vehicles and made 124 arrests during the month-long campaign.

A total of 682 breath tests were conducted, and 134 drug wipes.

Of those tested, 47 were arrested for a positive breath test, 66 were arrested following a drugs wipe, 10 people were arrested on suspicion of being unfit through drink or drugs and one person was arrested after failing a field impairment test. 

Further statistics revealed that 86% of those arrested were male and 14% were under the age of 25.

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Chief Inspector Vicky McParland, of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads & Armed Policing Team, said: "Despite casualties falling dramatically in the last 50 years, thanks to campaigns such as these, it is evident that they are still necessary.

"Nearly 250 people were arrested for drink and drug driving across Norfolk and Suffolk throughout the campaign - this is eight people on average every single day.

"I am incredibly disappointed to see this level of people choosing to put their lives and the lives of other road users at risk."

Tim Passmore, police and crime commissioner for Suffolk, said: "It is very disappointing that this issue persists. I really would hope the message would have landed by now. There is never any excuse for anyone to get behind the wheel unfit to drive.

Ipswich Star: Tim PassmoreTim Passmore (Image: Newsquest)

"I find it absolutely unbelievable that more than 15% of the 816 drivers stopped over the festive period were arrested, putting not only themselves but all other road users at risk.

"This contemptible behaviour is grossly irresponsible and selfish."