Police launch Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers

West Midlands Police has launched it’s annual Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers.

Officers from WMP and Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG) will target irresponsible drivers who put lives at risk through their illegal actions on roads across the region.

Crashed BMW X5 on the M42 Southbound leaning against barriers

Already this weekend an arrest was made on Sunday (2/12) at 8am after police witnessed the driver of a BMW X5 driving along the M42 Southbound without a front wheel or back tyre before colliding with the crash barrier.

The 24-year-old was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, driving whilst disqualified and failing to provide a specimen.

Sergeant Jon Butler, who is leading the WMP and CMPG Christmas campaign, said: “Driving while under the influence of drink or drugs is a dangerous cocktail which can tragically cost lives.

“We want people to enjoy the festive season safely and there is no excuse for being irresponsible or reckless.

Officers will carry out roadside breath tests and those caught over the limit risk of penalty points, losing their licence or even time behind bars.

The intelligence-led operation will also see officers armed with drug testing kits to check those suspected of being under the influence of illegal substances.

It will involve pulling over anyone who could be suspected of drink or drug driving ranging from motorists in cars, HGV drivers to cabbies.

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner David Jamieson said: “For years I have been warning about the minority of people who get behind the wheel intoxicated and the danger this puts everyone else at.

“Most people have got the message, but too many still choose to flout the law and put lives at risk.

“I’m pleased to see West Midlands Police will be out in force this year as it is vital we do all we can to keep motorists safe on our roads.”