Met police officers arrested more than 1,100 people during their Christmas drink and drug driving crackdown. During the operation over 13,500 breath tests were administered with officers actively targeting drivers under 25, normally viewed as a higher risk age group.
According to Met figures the number of drivers arrested on suspicion of drug driving fell from previous years with 5 out of 19 arrested following failure of Field Impairment Tests (FITs) compared to 11 out of 34 in 2007.
Commenting in the figures, the Traffic Unit’s Ch Supt David Snelling said: “Unfortunately, there are still many motorists who think it’s okay to drink and drive, thus putting themselves as well as other road users in significant danger. This campaign focused on the heightened risks during the festive period, but our work continues every day in targeting irresponsible drivers and making our roads safer for all Londoners.”