OVER the past three years 21 people have died and 111 have been seriously injured in the West Mercia policing area following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.
The news comes as the force urges drivers not to drink or take drugs and get behind the wheel as part of its Christmas campaign.
Chief Constable Anthony Bangham for West Mercia Police said: ‘It is extremely frustrating that some motorists still choose to drive under the influence of drink or drugs in the knowledge that their actions could kill or seriously injure themselves or others.
“Drink or drug driving is completely unacceptable at any time and catching motorists who are prepared to take such a deplorable risk is a priority not just for West Mercia but for every police force in the UK.
“Sadly the winter drink and drug driving campaign will result in many motorists being arrested and placed before the courts for these offences.
“My advice is the same as always; do not drink or drug drive, your actions could kill.”
Police say that enforcing the drink and drug drive law is a 24/7 commitment but they will be increasing their efforts through the Christmas and new year period.