Officers from the South Leicester Neighbourhood Police Area, which covers Aylestone, Eyres Monsell and Knighton, recently held three weekends of targeted activity aimed at reminding motorists about the dangers of drink and drug driving.
Operation Frontier, which took place over three consecutive Friday and Saturday evenings in late June and early July, involved local officers along with special constables from the Safer Roads Team.
Police officers stopped and engaged with over 150 motorists at the roadside, if they suspected intoxication then either a breath or drug test was conducted. Seven drivers were found to be over the drink drive limit and one driver was arrested for drug driving.
A further six drivers were given words of advice regarding their breath test results, which were close to the legal limit.
In addition other offences were also detected over a total of thirty hours of targeted Police activity including the seizure of seven vehicles, seven vehicle stop and searches and five other vehicles dealt with for other offences, including failing to stop.
Sergeant Josh Norton, from the South Leicester Neighbourhood Policing Area, said, “Operation Frontier was primarily aimed at community engagement and helped provide us with the opportunity to educate drivers about the dangers of drink and drug driving, particularly as we are seeing a rise in road traffic collisions as traffic levels return to near pre-pandemic levels.”
“This is a particularly important reminder as the final COVID restrictions have now lifted and people will be taking advantage of the weather and socialising not only in pubs, bars and restaurants but also house parties and barbeques.”
Watch a promotional video covering the operation at https://youtu.be/8Zy7yPNiRbo.
If you see someone who appears to be a drink or drug driver enter a vehicle to drive away, make a note of the registration plate and the direction of travel and call your local police on 101 or make a make a free and anonymous call to CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.