Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Drivers Tested in Crackdown on Drink and Drugs

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Drivers Tested in Crackdown on Drink and Drugs

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Byline: MIKE BROWN mike.brown@trinitymirror.com @MIKEBROWNGAZ

FIFTY drivers were tested for drink and drugs in Stockton yesterday as police

Not one of the 50 were found to be over the limit, but one vehicle was seized for not being insured and a number of defective tyres were identified.

So far, since the campaign was launched, 40 people have been found to be intoxicated while driving during the first two weeks of a campaign.

From June 1 to 16, 437 tests have been carried out across Cleveland and Durham - which means that almost 10% of those drivers tested have been found to be driving while under the influence.

The campaign aims to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs, one of the main causes of fatal collisions on UK roads.

Throughout the campaign, officers will actively take part in educational and enforcement action by carrying out random checks on drivers.

Acting Inspector Phil Grieve, from the Cleveland and Durham Specialist Operations Unit, said: "One driver found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while driving is too many. …

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