Summer Anti-Drink Drive Campaign 2012 - results
A total of 110 drivers were found to be over the limit during
Essex Police’s 2012 Summer Anti-Drink Drive campaign.
This year’s campaign ran at the same time as the European
Football Championships and officers were out in force across the
county between June 1, 2012 and June 30, 2012 taking a zero
tolerance approach to those who put lives at risk by choosing to
drink and drive.
Of the 2250 drivers stopped and breathalysed during that period,
a total of 110 (4.8%) were found to be driving over the legal
alcohol limit or refused or failed to provide a sample.
Of those found to be over the limit, 83 (75%) were men and 27
(25%) were women. A total of 15 (14%) were aged under 25 and 95
(86%) were aged 25 and over.
During last year’s Summer Anti-Drink Drive Campaign, which ran
throughout the month of June, 110 drivers were found to be over the
limit. Of those 110, 87 were men and 23 were women. A total of 42
were aged under 25 and 68 were aged over 25.
Essex Police deals with drink driving robustly 365 days a year
but stepped up road checks in towns across the county with bustling
night time economies and rural areas where some drivers believe
they have less chance of getting caught drunk behind the wheel.
In the run up to the campaign Essex Police made a plea to
drivers, their families, friends and members of the public to take
responsibility by reporting drink drivers to Essex Police or
anonymously to Crimestoppers.
During the campaign, residents were kept up to date with how
many people had been arrested for drink driving with our online
Above: Totaliser showing the number of people breathalysed
and the number found to be over the limit. Table showing the age
and gender of those found to be over the limit
Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager for Essex Police, said:
“Every year I am disappointed to see that some people continue to
drink and drive. They believe themselves to be above the law and
put innocent lives at risk by getting behind the wheel under the
“This year our campaign was focused on intelligence-driven areas
of concern so although we tested slightly fewer drivers there were
more positive results.”
“Our Summer Anti-Drink Drive campaign may now have come to an
end but our efforts to bring drink drivers to justice will
continue. We won’t tolerate those who drink and drive and are
asking members of the public to help us rid our roads of such
irresponsible drivers. The community that we serve must know who
these individuals are and we would strongly urge people to report
them to Essex Police or to Crimestoppers anonymously. Picking up
the phone could save a life.
“Our message remains unchanged – if you are found to be driving
while over the limit you will be arrested and put before the