WARWICKSHIRE Police stopped 39 drivers on suspicion of drink or drug driving during just one week as part of its annual drink drive campaign.
Of those stopped – between August 22 and August 28 – a total of 32 breath tests and 11 drug wipes were completed and 17 drivers were arrested. This included one arrest for being unfit to drive through drink or drugs following a collision, five arrests for drug driving and 11 arrests for drink driving.
Philip Seccombe, Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire, said “Any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive and we are asking drivers to do the right thing and not drink or take drugs and drive.
“Warwickshire road safety partners are working to improve all aspects of road safety but we need the public to play their part too if we are to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in death and serious injury on our roads by 2030.”
During the same week, seven collisions were recorded with 16 injuries reported. The drivers were asked to provide a road side breath test and drug swipe and four were arrested on suspicion of drink driving.
This included an 18-year-old woman from Balsall Common who was arrested in the early hours of August 28 on suspicion of drink driving in Fosberry Close, Warwick after colliding with a parked vehicle.
She failed a road side breath test and was later charged with drink driving.
A 35-year-old woman from Kenilworth was arrested at 10.30pm on August 26 on suspicion of drink driving in Waverley Road, Kenilworth after officers observed her manner of driving.
Similarly, a 27-year-old man from Hemel Hempstead was arrested on August 28 in Moultree Road, Rugby on suspicion of drink driving when his vehicle was stopped due to his manner of driving.