More than 4,000 drivers have been breath tested in Durham and Cleveland during a drink and drug Christmas crack-down
The tests were carried out throughout December by the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit (CDSOU) during their annual Christmas drink and drug drive campaign.
In total, 119 drivers were arrested for drink-driving and 60 were arrested for drug driving. This compares to 116 drink-drivers and 57 people who tested positive for drugs during the same campaign last year.
A number of operations to stop check vehicles were carried out, both in the morning and the evening, where drivers were asked to provide a voluntary breath test.
Officers also targeted activities in areas known for drink-related collisions and drink or drug drive offenders.
Chief Inspector Grahame Milne, of the CDSOU, said: “Drink-driving accounts for one in six UK road deaths. This is a stark statistic which we hope will hit home with anyone who is even considering driving under the influence.
“We continue to warn people against the dangers of drink and drug driving but unfortunately, there is still a small but significant number of people who seem to think they can take risks with their own lives, and those of others by driving under the influence. It is completely unacceptable and extremely selfish to get behind the wheel under the influence.
“Those drivers identified through our campaign will now face the result of their actions. The consequences of drink driving go much further than the sentence you are dealt. It will be difficult to find insurance on your car - and if you do it will be expensive. Not to mention the impact a criminal record may have on employment prospects.
“We will continue to carry out these operations year after year to ensure that our roads are as safe as they possibly can be.”
Both Cleveland and Durham Special Constabularies assisted throughout the campaign.