Published: Fri 3 December, 2021
Motorists are being reminded of the dangers of drink drug driving during the festive season.
Between January and October this year Leicestershire Police made 1226 drink drug drive arrests, the number of arrests in October alone was 134, the highest monthly figure since April 2010!
Despite the pandemic lockdowns, which included the closure of pubs, bars and restaurants, there were 1434 arrests in 2020 compared to 1237 the previous year.
Jonathan Clarkson, spokesperson for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety, said, “Driving while impaired, whether through drink or drugs, devastates lives. Sadly, each year drink and drugs are a contributory factor in death and serious injury on the UK’s roads.
“Despite our continued road safety messages, it is quite clear that far too many drivers make the decision to get behind the wheel while impaired by drink or drugs.
“Just because you haven’t been out at the pub – drinking at home can still leave you over the limit, including the morning after, can I remind drivers not to put themselves and others at risk.
“Drivers should be aware that Leicestershire Police patrol 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week to challenge drink drug drivers and bring them before the courts.”
If you see someone who appears to be a drink or drug driver enter a vehicle to drive away, make a note of the registration plate and the direction of travel and call your local police on 101 or make a make a free and anonymous call to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.
For arrest updates during the campaign follow @RoadSafeLeics on Twitter