More than 100 drivers arrested as part of drink-drive campaign

More than 100 drivers arrested as part of drink-drive campaign

More than 100 drivers from across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent have been arrested in one month as part of the force’s #drinkORdrive campaign 2021.

The campaign, which ran throughout December, saw a number of officers carry out patrols across the main routes throughout Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

During the month, a total of 111 people were arrested over drink-driving and failure to provide a sample.

A further 28 people were subject to a drugs swipe after being stopped by police. Out of these, 12 drivers were arrested on suspicion of drug-driving after receiving a positive test.

PC Angela Lester, of the force’s Road Policing Unit (RPU), said: “The campaign supported the force’s ongoing Operation Lightning, which aims to reduce the number of deaths and serious injuries on the roads and to disrupt and deter criminals from using the road network. By working with Staffordshire County Council as part of our Safer Roads Partnership, we have been able to get potentially irresponsible drivers off our regions roads and prevent any serious or even fatal incidents from taking place.”

Staffordshire Commissioner for Police, Fire & Rescue and Crime, Ben Adams, was appointed Chair of the Staffordshire Safer Roads Partnership last November.

He said: “The terrible consequences of drink or drug-driving are well known, with impaired driving causing deaths or serious injuries on our roads. These figures show that despite this, some people are continuing to put themselves at risk when they choose to get behind the wheel, as well as endangering the lives of other road users, cyclists and pedestrians.”

To find out more about the campaign, visit: #drinkORdrive this Christmas | Staffordshire Police.

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