Figures released today by an insurance comparison website has listed Crewe as having the highest number of drink and drug drive offenders in the UK.
The data released by the company refers to the number of people in the CW postcode area who have visited the company’s website for a comparison quote in the past 12 months.
As the data is for the CW postcode, it doesn't only relate to Crewe - it also relates to the whole of the CW area, a large diverse area which includes Nantwich, Northwich, Middlewich, Winsford, Congleton, Sandbach, Holmes Chapel, along with large rural areas.
Assistant Chief Constable Mark Roberts said: “This data is indicative of the robust action we are taking to tackle drink and drug drivers, although it is disappointing to see that a large number of people still feel it is acceptable to drive while under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.
“Over the past 12 months we have undertaken a large number of operations specifically targeting drink drivers, along with the more worrying trend of drug drivers, and as a Force we have embraced the new drug drive laws.”
The new drug drive regulations were introduced in March 2015, and mean that officers no longer have to prove whether or not a driver is fit to drive, but instead they can prosecute anyone who is found to be in charge of a motor vehicle with a concentration of an illegal drug over the specified limit in their body.
Since the introduction of the new laws in March Cheshire Police has already arrested 334 people on suspicion of drug driving, making the Cheshire one of the top performing forces in the UK.
Mark added: “We are committed to making Cheshire’s roads safer, and we will use all of the tools available to them to help us achieve our goal.”