Just under 2,000 drivers breathalysed over festive period

MORE than 1,900 drivers have been breathalysed as part of the Christmas crack down on drink and drug driving in Essex.

As of Sunday, January 3, 2016, a total of 1,982 drivers have been breathalysed as part of the No Excuse for Drink and Drug Driving led by the Safer Essex Roads Partnership (SERP).

Seventy-seven of those tested were found to be over the limit or refused or failed to provide a sample.

A total of 53 drivers have been tested using roadside drug testing kits. Twenty-two have tested positive.

The campaign, which runs from November 30, 2015 to January 4, 2016, is part of the SERP ‘No excuse for poor driving’ umbrella campaign which is used to deliver a wide range of road safety messages covering issues including seatbelts, mobile phone, speed limits and anti-social driving, as well as drink and drug driving.

Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager at Essex Police, said: "The community can play a significant part in supporting safer roads.

"Our efforts to identify people who use their vehicles under the influence of drink or drugs and risk harming not only themselves but other road users are strengthened by the flow of information and intelligence from members of the public.

"I would urge anyone with information about people who drink or take drugs and drive to call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. No one will know you called.”

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