Great Yarmouth driver jailed for 14 weeks in Norfolk and Suffolk police anti drink and drug driving campaign

A motorist stopped by police taking a breath test. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire.

A motorist stopped by police taking a breath test. Picture: John Giles/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

A police campaign targeting drink and drug drivers on the roads of Norfolk and Suffolk over the course of June has led to more than 80 motorists being prosecuted.

Norfolk and Suffolk police carried out the month long campaign which saw 87 motorists failing breath tests and drug tests.

In Norfolk more than 300 drivers were breathalysed during the summer drink drive campaign with five drivers failing tests.

One of those was Daniel Ford, 42 and who was stopped in Great Yarmouth in the last hour of the campaign.

He was banned from driving for 49 months and jailed for 14 weeks after being found almost three times over the limit.

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Norfolk police also carried out 84 drugs tests with 20 drivers providing positive readings.

Across the border 280 people were breathalysed in Suffolk during the campaign, with 33 motorists providing positive tests.

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Officers also carried out 89 drugs tests with 29 drivers providing positive readings.

Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, head of the joint Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: 'It's always disappointing to see that people are still prepared to take the risk and get behind the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs, although it is a minority.

'People caught during this campaign will now have a minimum 12 to 18 month driving ban, which will have massive implications on their professional and social lives.

'We target drink drivers all-year round and my plea to motorists considering getting behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs is don't – it's simply not worth the risk.'

Norfolk's Police and Crime Commissioner, Lorne Green, said: 'I attach great importance to keeping our roads safe, working closely with Norfolk Police and partner agencies.

'Together our efforts are getting the message across but, as this latest enforcement campaign shows, too many thoughtless individuals are still making the choice to get behind the wheel. Make smarter choices than they did; don't take the risk.'

Suffolk's Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore said: 'It beggars belief that despite the obvious dangers, too many drivers still take to the road under the influence of drink or drugs and sadly this month-long campaign confirms this.'

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