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Results: Nottinghamshire Police's drink and drug-driving campaign

A man was arrested on suspicion of being nearly five times over the legal drink-drive limit during a campaign which saw a record number of suspected drink and drug-drivers being stopped by police in their tracks.

The 44-year-old was detained by police in the Kirklington Road area of Bilsthorpe following a report that a van had collided with a vehicle in the Chappell Gardens area at around 2.30pm on December 9, 2019 and a witness suspected the driver had been drinking.

The man, who works as a delivery driver, was stopped and arrested moments later and bottles of alcohol were also seized from the foot well of the vehicle.

The incident was one of 193 arrests made during Nottinghamshire Police's month-long Christmas drink and drug-driving campaign.

The major enforcement event featured planned activity and patrols at key times and locations with the force pledging to 'actively hunt' drink and drug-drivers.

It led to 105 people being arrested in connection to alcohol and 82 arrested in connection to drugs. A further six people were arrested for both drink and drugs.

This compares to 179 arrests in 2019 with 147 of those relating to alcohol, 30 relating to drugs and two in relation to both drink and drugs.

Roads policing Sergeant Craig Luckett said: "I'm really pleased with these results which show that we've kept the pressure on in order to catch drink and drug-drivers throughout Nottinghamshire despite people being unable to travel and visit licensed premises during this period.

"The pandemic restrictions will undoubtedly have had an impact on the results but the fact that we've still managed to make gains on last year’s activity shows just how hard we've worked and how we are not going to get complacent."

With a key focus on those who get behind the wheel 'the morning after the night before,' the force utilised all proactive and reactive teams in order to conduct the activity which included random stop tests.

Operations were also staged in rural areas as opposed to the usual focus on towns and the city centre where pubs and bars are more concentrated.

There were also more officers than ever before trained in using drug wipes at the roadside which test for traces of cannabis and cocaine.

Sergeant Luckett said: "We wanted to send a clear message out that if people were intent on drink or drug-driving then there's a high possibility that we will catch them, and I do believe we achieved this.

"As well as our own department, we had the entire force involved in the campaign, armed with the knowledge and resources to operate enforcement activity on any road throughout Nottinghamshire at any one time. It's been a real collaborative effort.

"This year, we have seen a big increase in drug-driving offences. Throughout the force we have been working on a big drug-wipe education program having gained an increase in funding for this so this has in turn increased awareness of the issue and has equipped our officers with the means to test at the roadside wherever possible."

During the campaign, 44 people arrested for drink or drug-driving following a collision.

One of those incidents involved a car which was reported to have veered on to the wrong side of Bingham Road in Cotgrave. It had collided with a bus and caused damage before it was driven off without stopping. The car door was so badly damaged that it could barely be opened.

A man was arrested on suspicion of being nearly four times over the legal drink-drive limit shortly after the incident which happened at around 3.15pm on 18 December.

Sergeant Luckett, said: "We wanted to stop drink and drug-drivers before they had the opportunity to cause serious harm to someone and I hope our efforts have gone some way to achieving that.

"This offence is seen as a completely selfish and avoidable act and puts the lives of others at serious risk. We know how it can cause such tragedy to innocent victims and their families and change the course of their lives forever so it's sad to see that people are still willing to take that risk.

"We will keep the pressure up now that the campaign is over and our continue our work to educate and enforce wherever we can."

The force welcomes information from members of the public about anyone who may have been drink or drug driving. This can be reported to Nottinghamshire Police by calling 101.

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