99 Essex drivers caught drink or drug driving over festive period

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More than 1,900 drivers have been breathalysed as part of Essex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug driving in the county.

The No Excuse for Drink and Drug Driving campaign, which runs from November 30 to January 4, has seen a total of 1,982 drivers tested so far on the county’s roads.

Seventy-seven of those breathalysed 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, and 22 have tested positive.

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.”