A total of 107 people were arrested during Essex Police’s summer anti-drink and drug driving campaign.
The campaign, which ran from June 1 until June 30, highlighted the consequences of crashes involving drink or drug drivers through the eyes of the emergency services which know how it feels to witness them.
75 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving offences and 32 were arrested on suspicion of drug driving offences.
During last year’s campaign, which ran between June 10 and July 10 to coincide with football’s European Championships, a total of 197 people were arrested – 168 on suspicion of drink driving offences, 40 on suspicion of drug driving offences, and ten on suspicion of failing to provide a specimen.
102 people were arrested during the 2015 campaign.
Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager, said: “We are obviously concerned this figure is still so high.
“In 2017, I find it galling that so many people still find it acceptable to get behind the wheel of a car under the influence of drink or drugs.
“More than eight percent of crashes on Essex’s roads last month involved someone who tested positive for drink or drug driving or who refused a test.
“It is too many and it ruins lives.
“While we have officers dedicated to keeping our roads safe, everyone has a role to play to catch and stop people drink and drug driving.
“Information from the public is crucial to being able to find offenders and bring them to justice, and campaigns like this show the public do not tolerate drink and drug driving and they support the work we’re doing.
“This campaign is just an extension of the work we do everyday to keep our roads safe.
“Last year Essex Police also had extra activity in place during the European Championships to mitigate the potential risk that time of year and that event may have raised, which lead to an increase in arrests.”
Nicola Foster, the Chairman of the Safer Essex Roads Partnership, said: “The results of this campaign show drink and drug driving is still an issue on Essex’s roads which is a concern.
“The Safer Essex Roads Partnership is committed to tackling the issue and will continue to do so through education and enforcement.
“We urge the public not to drink or drug drive or be a passenger to a drink or drug driver.”