A total of 175 drivers were arrested during Essex Police’s 2014 Christmas Anti-Drink Drive campaign.
Officers were out in force across the county between December 1 and January 1 taking a zero tolerance approach to those who put lives at risk by choosing to drink and drive.
Residents were also encouraged to report drink drivers and tell Crimestoppers anonymously about people they know who regularly chose to drink and drive.
A total of 2,429 drivers were stopped and breathalysed and 143 were found to be driving over the legal alcohol limit or refused or failed to provide a sample.
Of the 143, 32 were aged under 25 and 108 were aged over 25. The age of three is unknown.
A further 32 were arrested in connection with drug driving legislation.
During the 2013 campaign, 3409 drivers were breathalysed and 124 were arrested for driving over the limit or refusing or failing to give a sample of breath. Of those 124, 33 were under the age of 25.
Adam Pipe, casualty reduction manager for Essex Police, said: “It is always frustrating to see that, despite knowing the consequences, some drivers still consider themselves to be above the law by getting behind the wheel having knowingly consumed too much alcohol.
“This year we breathalysed fewer drivers and arrested more on suspicion of drink driving.
“Whilst this appears disappointing on first sight, it can be explained by a more targeted approach taken during this year’s campaign.
“This year we were able to target our patrols more specifically to areas where intelligence told us people were drink driving.
“We were also able to act on information received from members of the public about people who regularly get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol.
“Our Christmas Anti-Drink Drive Campaign may have come to an end but Essex Police takes a robust approach to drink drivers 365 days a year.
“Drink driving isn’t just about Christmas – it ruins lives all year round.
“Perpetual drink drivers will choose to drink and drive any day of the year so I want to ask for support from the public 365 days a year to help take them off the roads of Essex.
“Please help keep the county’s roads safe by reporting drink drivers.”
You can report drink drivers by:
- Dialling 999 if you know someone is drunk and you see them getting behind the wheel of a car
- Calling Essex Police on 101 to give police information about someone who regularly chooses to drink and drive
- Telling Crimestoppers anonymously about people who repeatedly drink and drive by calling 0800 555 111 or visiting www.crimestoppers-uk.org
You won’t have to give your name, no personal details are recorded and you won’t have to go to court.