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Drink and drug drivers targeted in summer crackdown

More than 200 motorists were caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs as part of a West Midlands Police summer crackdown.

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.

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Overall, there were 198 motorists who were over the drink-drive limit or failed to give a sample; with 25 positive for drugs. 

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 555 111.”

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.”

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