Crackdown on drink and drug driving in Suffolk sees more than 60 drivers fail alcohol and drug tests

Suffolk police have targeted drink and drug drivers in a month long campaign (stock image). Picture:

Suffolk police have targeted drink and drug drivers in a month long campaign (stock image). Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

A month-long campaign to tackle drink and drug driving in Suffolk has seen more than 60 drivers fail alcohol and drug tests.

A total of 280 people were breathalysed on the county’s roads during the campaign with 33 of them providing positive tests, a fail rate of 11.8%.

Officers also carried out 89 roadside drugs tests with 29 drivers providing positive readings - a fail rate of 33%.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: “It’s always disappointing to see that people are still prepared to take the risk and get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, although it is a minority. “Dozens of people caught during the campaign will now have a minimum 12 to 18 month driving ban, which will have massive implications on their professional and social lives.

“We target drink drivers all-year round and my plea to motorists considering getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs is don’t – it’s simply not worth the risk.”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk’s police and crime commissioner added: “It beggars belief that despite the obvious dangers, too many drivers still take to the road under the influence of drink or drugs and sadly this month-long campaign confirms this.

“I am particularly concerned to see that a third of drivers tested for drugs proved positive, this is very worrying.

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“All drivers need to understand that drink or drug driving risks lives and the lives of others, it is grossly irresponsible and selfish.

“I hope that slowly but surely the message is getting through, this cavalier attitude to safety is completely unacceptable and I urge drivers to take heed. Sadly too many drivers have still not learnt the lesson – drink/drug driving kills.”