Stroud drink-drivers are targeted in police operation

10:20am Tuesday 10th June 2014

By SNJ Reporter

DRINK drivers were targeted by Gloucestershire Police in new operation in Stroud last weekend.

Over 40 people were breath tested for alcohol in the Rodborough area on Saturday, June 7 and Sunday, June 8, but none were found to be over the legal drink drive limit.

The positive results are an encouraging start for Gloucestershire's Special Constabulary's summer drink drive campaign. Gloucestershire’s Road Safety partnership launched their 'Morning After' campaign last week, to encourage drinkers to do the right thing on the night; to take a lift to the pub or club, share the journey with a designated driver or get a taxi home.

Away from the breath tests, sadly 23 people were recorded speeding and 12 vehicles were found to have defects.

Rectification orders and fixed penalty notices were issued where appropriate.

Cllr Will Windsor-Clive, cabinet member for road safety, said: “Many of us enjoy a relaxing summer drink or a big night out every so often. The majority of people do the right thing by leaving the car at home, but what they don’t realise is the amount of alcohol that remains in the body through to the following day – and especially during the morning rush hour.”

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