West Mercia Police drink driving crackdown catches 166

More than 150 people were caught driving under the influence of drink and drugs by West Mercia Police over the Christmas period.

Figures released by the Safer Roads Partnership showed 166 people were arrested for drink or drug driving in the first 28 days of December.

The police said they were increasing patrols over the new year period.

Supt Lee Davenport said: "There are still far too many reckless drivers ignoring the devastating consequences."

Figures from the Safer Roads Partnership showed that since 2008 in the West Mercia Police area 38 people lost their lives and 172 were seriously injured following collisions where drink or drugs were a contributory factor.

Vicki Bristow, from the Safer Roads Partnership in West Mercia, said: "We would also ask people not to get into a car as a passenger if they suspect that the driver has been drinking or taking drugs."

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