Over 200 people arrested for drink and drug driving across Preston and Lancashire

Posted on - 6th January, 2022 - 3:37pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News
Police countywide have had a clampdown on drink and drug-drivers. Picture: Lancashire Police

Over 200 people were arrested in December as part of the Lancashire Police countywide clampdown on drink and drug-drivers.


Prestonians may have spotted police out during the festive period stopping motorists as part of their Christmas road safety campaign.

Police operated checkpoints, carried out random stops of vehicles and acted on intelligence from members of the public.

In total between 1 – 31 December 2021 police arrested 240 people.

Read more: Lancashire Police’s annual drink and drug driving campaign returns

Of those, 137 were in relation to drink-driving, 71 were in relation to drug-driving and 32 were in relation to motorists failing to give a sample or having their judgment significantly impaired by drink or drugs.

One of the arrests was in relation to a fatal collision in which a man aged in his 30s was killed.

Ch Insp Pat Worden, of Lancashire Police, said: “First and foremost we must thank those members of the public – by far the majority – who followed the law and made arrangements that didn’t involve them drink or drug-driving.

“Unfortunately we know that at Christmas more people are willing to take the risk than at other times of year and this last month saw officers stop 240 people who believed the law did not apply to them.

“Drinking or taking drugs before driving is completely unacceptable at any time and our efforts to catch those responsible are constantly ongoing.

“Christmas may be over but we will continue to carry out regular enforcement activity and take action against anyone who breaks the law and puts others’ lives at risk in this way.”

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