Emersons Green woman among 133 arrested in drink-drive crackdown

October 02 2018

AN Emersons Green woman was one of more than 130 motorists arrested for drink or drug driving during a police crackdown over the summer.

The Avon and Somerset force breathalysed more than 370 people in roadside tests over a month-long campaign.

Of the 133 people arrested, 74 were charged and a further 30 released under investigation.

Police said that one of those charged was Alison Fisher, aged 45, of Emersons Green, who was disqualified for three-and-a-half years.

Officers said the highest reading recorded of any driver during the campaign was 147 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath - more than four times the legal limit of 35.

Police received around 370 tip-offs from members of the public, after asking people to call or text with information about people they believed were driving under the influence of drink or drugs. The force said that half of the tip-offs attended by officers led to an arrest.

As well as targeting suspected drink-drivers on the roads, police also carried awareness-raising activity, including a leaflet campaign involving neighbourhood teams and cadets.

The constabulary’s head of road safety, Superintendent Andy Williams, said: “Our approach to Operation  Tonic promotes education over prosecution where possible, with the ultimate aim to reduce deaths, serious injuries and crime related to drink and drug driving.

“I’d like to thank the public for their support with this campaign and for sharing vital information with us. The reports received from local communities are an important part of identifying and tackling drink driving and our dedicated reporting line is always open.

“I’d like to remind members of the public that there is never an excuse for driving whilst intoxicated. Anyone who chooses to do so not only risks arrest but more importantly, their own lives and the lives of others.”

Although the summer campaign is over, people are still being encouraged to report drink drivers, by calling 999 if the suspect is behind the wheel at that moment or by texting 07400 279101 with the word ‘drunk’ and details of the car, location and driver at other times.