Police warn you are 'risking lives' if you drink and drive this Christmas and reveal hundreds arrested in recent years

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Police have launched their annual crackdown on drink-driving this festive season Hundreds of drivers have been arrested for drink-driving at Christmas as police warn ‘you are risking other people’s lives’. On Friday, December 1 Avon and Somerset police launched Operation Tonic, its annual crackdown on drink and drug drivers during the festive period. The force revealed more than 400 people were arrested for drink-driving during the festive period in the past three years.Assistant chief constable Stephen Cullen said: “Our message is very simple; if you get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, you are risking your life and the lives of those around you. “The arrests we made last December weren’t the ‘Christmas party people’ we were expecting and many people we arrested had substance abuse issues. That’s why we’re asking friends or family of people who might be using alcohol or drugs as a way to cope with a hard time, and are at risk of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs, to talk to them about the risks.”Operation Tonic will run until Monday, January 1 and will involve both high-visibility and cover patrols targeting drink and drug drivers. Members of the public are being encouraged to report suspected drink or drug drivers by calling 999 or texting details to officers if someone is not currently driving.The force are hoping to reduce death, serious injuries and crimes on the roads this Chrismas. Drink and drug driving is one of the “fatal four” offences according to police, along with speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile phone while driving. These cause a majority of deaths on the roads.

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