Police launch summer drink and drug drive clampdown
West Midlands Police will be putting the brakes on drivers
under the influence of drink and drugs during a summer
Officers will be targeting motorists who put their own and
others' lives at risk through a dedicated month-long operation
starting today (1 June).
A similar campaign last Christmas saw more than 250 people
- around 20 per cent of those breathalysed - fail road-side tests
or refuse to give a sample. A further 40 were positive for drugs
which was a third of those tested.
The highest breath test recording was 167 micrograms in
100 millilitres of breath - more than four times the legal alcohol
limit - and traffic officers are warning of the risks of basking in
the warm weather with alcohol and then getting behind the
The targeted approach involving officers from West
Midlands Police and Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) will
include roadside stop checks and unmarked patrols. Officers will
act on intelligence to catch irresponsible drivers.
Sergeant Mark Bull, from West Midlands road policing,
said: "There are big risks involved with drink or drug driving, not
only are you risking killing or injuring yourself or others you
also risk losing your licence and potentially your
"Such behaviour is totally unacceptable and drivers found
to be driving in excess of the limit will be put before the
As part of the summer campaign the CMPG driving simulator
will be based at a various locations throughout June allowing
members of the public to see the effects of alcohol on
West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson
added: "People driving under the influence of drink or drugs are a
menace on our roads, causing harm and misery.
"I am hugely supportive of West Midlands Police's efforts
to reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries caused by
drink driving. Drinking alcohol then getting behind the wheel is
the most dangerous thing a driver can do. It's a reckless and
"Making our roads safer has always been one of my top
priorities, from my time as Transport Minister to my current
position as PCC, and I've seen first-hand the devastation drink and
drug driving can have. Any campaign that makes potential
over-the-limit drivers think twice has my full support. I know the
overwhelming majority of law-abiding motorists back it
"I fully support West Midlands Police's summer drink and
drug driving crackdown."
Anyone with information on a suspected drink or drug
driver can call West Midlands Police on 101 or Crimestoppers
anonymously on 0800 555 111.