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Drink and drug drive the focus of Christmas campaign in the City

Throughout December the City of London Police will be supporting the National Police Chief’s Council’s (NPCC) month-long operation, targeting people who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 

Last Christmas, the number of people arrested for drug and drink driving offences in the City tripled compared to the previous month.

In the first weekend of this year’s operation, the team made a number of arrests including:

One arrested for drug drive and two outstanding offences with the Metropolitan Police.
One arrested for wanted on warrant, drug drive and drink drive.
One arrested for drug drive after a routine traffic stop, with a further offence added of possession with intent to supply after a large amount of drugs were found.
One arrested for drink drive after failing a breathalyser test. 
One arrested for drug drive, theft of motor vehicle, dangerous driving and no insurance. 

Sergeant Dean Verges from the City of London Police, said:  

“The City of London Police is committed to enforcing the law which says that if you drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs you can face an unlimited fine, disqualification from driving, and more than a decade in prison.

“We understand during the busy Christmas period events in the nearby area or bad weather can affect local transport routes or people may go for an impromptu drink after work with colleagues. A change of plans is not an excuse for drink or drug driving. 

“Even a small amount of alcohol or drugs in your system can affect your ability to drive safely. Not only does this endanger other road users but it also puts your own life at risk. 

“Our message is don’t let your friends and family be without you this Christmas.”

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