Arrests made in Somerset drink driving clampdown

Bridgwater Mercury: Arrests made in Somerset drink driving clampdown Arrests made in Somerset drink driving clampdown

POLICE have arrested 65 people across Somerset on suspicion of drink driving during this month's Operation Tonic campaign.

Since June 1 officers have stopped more than 300 drivers.

People are encouraged to contact police with information about suspected drink or drunk drivers.

They are asked to text the work drunk to 81819 to tell them about anyone getting behind the wheel under the influence.

The messages arrive in the police control room and are treated in the same way as an emergency 999 call.

Insp Mark Edgington, of Avon and Somerset's Roads Policing Unit, said: "Drink and drug driving is a serious crime and we are determined to take strong action against people who break the law.

"There is no safe limit to drinking or drug taking and then driving. Our advice is not to indulge at all."

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7:03pm Tue 12 Jun 12

sheldoncooper says...

Great news - Another 65 potential murderers off the road - hanging's to good for them !!
Great news - Another 65 potential murderers off the road - hanging's to good for them !! sheldoncooper
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8:57pm Tue 12 Jun 12

MINIME2 says...

The police need to look closer to home ie: pubs farther from the town centre where cars are lined up the people come out at closing time fall into their cars and off they go.I watched a driver drop his keys crawl around looking for them and then had a job to get up and into his car.By the time I started to call 101 he was gone. Who knows where. When they are caught if they are over the limit have their cars towed away and crushed dont wait untill they go to court because they are still free to drive.
The police need to look closer to home ie: pubs farther from the town centre where cars are lined up the people come out at closing time fall into their cars and off they go.I watched a driver drop his keys crawl around looking for them and then had a job to get up and into his car.By the time I started to call 101 he was gone. Who knows where. When they are caught if they are over the limit have their cars towed away and crushed dont wait untill they go to court because they are still free to drive. MINIME2
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6:58am Fri 15 Jun 12

mobyman says...

i will praise the police for catching the idiots behind the wheel intoxicated,but sometimes wonder why they dont do anything wen you actually follow a driver who was driving thro bridgwater clearly unable to control his machine of death my wife reported him as we followed all the way from nether stowey his dring was so bad he was swerving hitting the kerb both sides of the road all the way.the police said we cant do anything as we have no cars in the area available to stop him?the drive might as well have had a gun to aim carelessly.
i will praise the police for catching the idiots behind the wheel intoxicated,but sometimes wonder why they dont do anything wen you actually follow a driver who was driving thro bridgwater clearly unable to control his machine of death my wife reported him as we followed all the way from nether stowey his dring was so bad he was swerving hitting the kerb both sides of the road all the way.the police said we cant do anything as we have no cars in the area available to stop him?the drive might as well have had a gun to aim carelessly. mobyman
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4:39pm Sun 17 Jun 12

MR.GOF says...

Good job from the police.....but you do need to follow up each driver after their ban because some will drive again and get away from being caught,makes me sick that i have to pay for these scum`s who don`t give a monkeys
Good job from the police.....but you do need to follow up each driver after their ban because some will drive again and get away from being caught,makes me sick that i have to pay for these scum`s who don`t give a monkeys MR.GOF
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8:21am Tue 19 Jun 12

Hombre says...

More sobriety checkpoints would be a good idea.
Not only would it catch drunk drivers, but possibly criminals and illegals.
More sobriety checkpoints would be a good idea. Not only would it catch drunk drivers, but possibly criminals and illegals. Hombre
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