Nationwide crackdown on drink and drug driving will see all 43 UK police forces step up efforts to catch motorists flouting the law!

Today (21st November 2022) sees the launch of Operation Limit, a nationwide crackdown on drink and drug driving which will see all of 43 UK police forces increase efforts to catch drink and drug drivers.

The 6-week long campaign which coincides with the World Cup and Christmas period is being coordinated by the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) and National Roads Policing Operations and Intelligence (NRPOII).

It overarching objective is to reduce serious injury and death and disrupt criminal activity on the UK road network by targeting those who engage in high-harm behaviour, specifically driving a vehicle whilst under the influence of drink and or drugs.  

The initiative comes as statistics recently released by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) indicate that 206 drug and drink driving offences are committed every day in England and Wales – a total of 75,159 offences.

Further, the newly published data highlights that convictions for drug driving have more than trebled over the past five years from 7,683 in 2017, to 27,962 by the end of 2021.

Worryingly, there has also been a 13% growth in drink driving cases in the past year, with 33,742 motorists appearing in court in 2021.

Ean Lewin, Managing Director of D.tec International, the UK’s sole distributor of DrugWipe, the global leader for police roadside driver drug screening, used by all 43 police forces in England, Wales and Scotland as well as hundreds of corporate clients said;

“It is expected that statistics for 2022, which will not be available until midway through next year, will show that drug driving is now more prevalent in society than drink driving.

In our role working with all 43 police forces, we get to see the enthusiasm of the front line in trying to minimise the dangers and harm caused by the selfish and irresponsible act of driving under the influence.

I have spent 26 years tirelessly working to improve safety on our roads and applaud this nationwide effort and particularly the emphasis being placed around the need to capture accurate data which is vital to highlight the magnitude of the problem and convince Police and Crime Commissioners and the government to better support roads policing”.

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