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The Christmas stings to target drink and drug driving in Cornwall

The Christmas stings to target drink and drug driving in Cornwall

Published by Emma Carton at 7:23am 17th December 2018. (Updated at 2:29pm 17th December 2018)

Police have launched a Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving across Cornwall and Devon.

Stings are being run between now and New Year, include the unmarked lorry cab patrolling our roads.

Operation Tramline gives officers an "unprecedented platform" to spot bad driving offences.

On top of that, Operation Logjam will target drivers across our region in a series of 'morning after' patrols.

It comes as figures show around 1700 people are caught over the limit in our region every year.

"It can have grave consequences. The simple fact is it ruins lives.

"We do unfortunately get some really serious collisions that involve drink drivers. These are the ones that affect the individual, that affect loved ones, family and other people on the roads and it can have a lifetime impact.

"If you think there's any way, shape or form that you might still have alcohol in your body, don't take the risk. Get a taxi or a lift or try to plan things better.

"It could have grave consequences for you, for other people or other loved ones and possibly your job if you need your driving licence for your job".

Inspector Pete Thomas

What operations are underway to tackle drink driving?

Between 1st December 2018 and 1st January 2019, a number of special operations, in addition to vigilant day to day roads policing, have been organised by the now enhanced Alliance Roads Policing team, Alliance Roads Policing Specials and No Excuse team, working with armed response vehicle (ARV) police officers and neighbourhood policing teams and in partnership with Highways England and the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership and supported by Devon & Somerset Fire & Rescue Service and Devon County Council.

The force will not announce in advance where and when these are happening.

1) Operation Tramline which uses an unmarked HGV cab, supplied by Highways England, to provide an unprecedented platform from which to spot offences;

2) Operation Logjam which concentrates on speeding and the 'morning after' when the roads are full of morning commuters and increased commercial traffic;

3) A range of local operations targeting morning after drivers and those who have been out drinking in the evening.

"We are targeting irresponsible drivers. Breath tests will be taken from all drivers involved in collisions, irrespective of whether or not they suspect a drink driving offence. Drivers can also expect to be tested if stopped for an offence.

Drugwipe sample kits will be used at the roadside on drivers suspected of being unfit to drive through drugs, and provide an instant result.

"Over the past decade, nationally, we've significantly reduced the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads and we are passionate about ensuring we continue this downward trend.

"We will continue to do this through enforcement and education, making drivers think twice before they get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs.

"I don't want myself, or any of the Alliance roads policing officers, to have to knock on someone's door this Christmas to break the devastating news that a father, mother, son, daughter or partner is never coming home again".

Sergeant Jon-Kerridge-Smith, No Excuse Team

What can I do if I am worried about someone drink driving?

If you are concerned about someone drinking and driving and it is going to happen immediately, call 999 or report anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Otherwise email 101@dc.police.uk

More information, and a range of downloadable posters and leaflets about drink driving can be found on the Devon & Cornwall Police website.

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