Operation Tonic starts

Police made 61 arrests during the first week of the winter drink and drug-driving enforcement campaign Operation Tonic.

Avon and Somerset’s roads policing team promised to be “out in force” until the New Year, carrying out roadside checks and talking to motorists about the dangers of drink and drug driving.

They have called on the public to contact them if they suspect someone is driving while intoxicated. Officers can then use automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) and CCTV information to look for potential offenders on the roads network.

Drink and drug driving was a factor in a third of road traffic collisions in 2021, leading to the deaths of 12 people.

Police are calling on anyone who suspects someone drives under the influence of drink or drugs, to call 101, report it online via the force website or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111. Call 999 if the suspect is on the road at the time.