Drink-drive arrest figures in Avon and Somerset 'excellent'

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Nearly 50 people have been held on suspicion of drink or drug driving in the first week of Avon and Somerset Police's Christmas campaign.

Ch Insp John Holt described the 47 arrests as an "excellent result so far" which sent a clear message officers were determined to catch offenders.

A wrecked car crashed by a drunk driver will also be displayed at Clarks Village shops in Street.

On Thursday police will be handing out advice leaflets to motorists there.

Mr Holt said: "The figures are slightly up on last year, so it's positive in the sense that we're catching people, but at the same time it's a concern because it does suggest that some people are not complying with the advice that alcohol and driving most definitely do not mix."

The public are also being encouraged to report drink or drug drivers, by either calling the police or texting the word drunk along with details to 81819.

Of the 47 people arrested, 10 were stopped after the police received a text alerting them to the driver.

Carole Whittingham, the founder of Campaign Against Drink Driving, said: "My son was killed by a drink driver, and it's the most unthinkable thing so well done to the police (for these arrests). But it needs policing all year round."

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