Drink and drug drivers taken off our roads
Drink and drug drivers targeted in summer
More than 200 motorists were caught driving under the influence
of drink or drugs as part of a West Midlands Police summer
The month-long operation saw cops target those suspected of
breaking the law and putting themselves and others at risk.
Officers from West Midlands Police and the Central Motorway
Police Group (CMPG) operated roadside checkpoints and patrolled in
unmarked vehicles during the national campaign throughout June.
Overall, there were 198 motorists who were over the drink-drive
limit or failed to give a sample; with 25 positive for
This included one motorist who recorded 152 micrograms in 100
millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.
Inspector Richard Gathergood, from CMPG, said: "It is completely
unacceptable to get behind the wheel while under the influence of
drink or drugs.
"It increases the risk of a collision and such irresponsible
actions can put the safety of yourself and other road users at risk
of serious injury or even death.
"It is disappointing that some people in society still believe
it is acceptable to drink or drug drive. Working with our partners
in the Birmingham Road Safety Partnership, which includes the city
council and fire service, we continue to try and educate people the
dangers of drink or drug driving across West Midlands.
"This was an intelligence-led approach and we need the help of
the public to help us target those who regularly putting lives at
risk. If you suspect someone is drink or drug driving should call
police or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800
Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Dr Lynnette Kelly added:
"West Midlands Police has my full support in its continued efforts
to stop people from driving under the influence of drink and drugs.
"Those who choose to take drugs or consume alcohol before
getting behind the wheel of a car are a menace on our roads. They
risk their lives and the lives of others.
"The Police and Crime Commissioner and I view road safety
as a top priority. This campaign has my full support."