Over 100 drivers caught drink and drug driving

Over 100 drivers caught drink and drug driving

By Chloe West | 21/01/2021

Over 100 drivers caught drink and drug driving

A FOUR-week police crackdown on drink and drug-driving saw over 100 drivers caught out across South Yorkshire.

South Yorkshire Police revealed that 764 drivers were breathalysed during December - of these, 75 were found to be over the drink drive limit.

A total of 60 drivers were also tested for cannabis and cocaine in December - and 47 of these tested positive - 78 per cent of drivers.

Roads policing officer Sgt Bruce Yacomeni said: "During December, officers across all of South Yorkshire’s communities conducted dedicated daily drink and drug drive patrols stopping vehicles and conducting road side screening tests on drivers wherever a police power existed to do so. 

“Covid-19 continued to be a challenge - but we followed best practice to keep drivers and officers as safe as possible through social distancing and sanitising measures.

“During the month, we also ran an online survey and received almost 5,000 positive responses from the public of South Yorkshire. We will use the results of the survey to drive enforcement activity over the next 12 months.

"These results show how important these stops are and how we cannot stop doing them."

Sgt Yacomeni said that officers wouldl continue to conduct checks throughout the year, adding: "Those who get behind the wheel after a drink or taking drugs need to ask themselves ‘Is it worth it?’

“Drivers do not realise the affect drugs can have on your response and reaction time.

“Our roadside tests check for cannabis and cocaine, but it is important that even drivers using legally prescribed drugs discuss driving with their doctor before doing so.

“If you are caught, you can face a driving ban, unlimited fines, and even time in prison.”

Joanne Wehrle, manager of South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership, said: “With the on-going Covid-19 health crisis, we all need to make sure we use our roads responsibly, follow Government guidelines and don’t put any added pressure on the NHS.

“Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is illegal and significantly increases your chances of being involved in a collision. Think about your actions and think about the impact it could have on emergency services and NHS workers.”

Visit: https://sysrp.co.uk/drugdriving for more information on drink and drug driving. 

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