Devon and Cornwall Police have arrested more than 140 suspected drink and drug drivers this month.

The arrests come as part of a national operation, codenamed 'Op Limit', spearheaded by the National Police Chiefs' Council.

The operation, which includes breathalyser and roadside drug testing, is being pursued vigorously in the approach to the Christmas season in an aim to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers.

The police operation offered an opportunity for officers to educate the public on the dangers and legal implications of impaired driving.

So far this December, Devon and Cornwall police have conducted 354 breathalyser tests, arresting 91 individuals on suspicion of drink driving.

While 97 roadside drug tests have led to 50 arrests for suspected drug driving.

Superintendent Ben Asprey, Op Limit lead at Devon and Cornwall Police, stressed the seriousness of driving under the influence.

He said: "While it’s positive to see officers taking suspected drink and drug drivers off our roads, it’s worrying to see the number of people out there who think it may be acceptable to drive while impaired.

"Even the slightest amount of alcohol or drugs in your system increases the risk of causing serious harm to yourself or other road users."

He confirmed that almost one in five drink driving convictions occur the morning after a night out and urged individuals not to chance taking to the road, despite feeling sober.

Alison Hernandez, police and crime commissioner for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, echoed these sentiments.

Commissioner Hernandez said: "Drink driving is unacceptable – it puts the driver, passengers and innocent members of the public at substantial risk.

"Those found guilty of this crime face losing their license and even going to prison, which could cost you your job and livelihood."

Sidmouth Herald: The arrests come as part of a national operation, codenamed 'Op Limit'

The officials' comments come following the reintroduction of Devon and Cornwall police’s 'Lift Legend' campaign, which provides free soft drinks to designated drivers in participating venues.

The scheme, running from December 1, 2023, to January 1, 2024, aims to encourage safe driving practices and reward responsible individuals.

Devon and Cornwall Police are urging the public to report any suspected drunk or drug-impaired drivers by dialling 999, providing vehicle details, and direction of travel.

The authorities remain committed to ensuring the safety of road users, especially during the festive period, reflecting a zero-tolerance approach to drunk or drug-impaired driving.