A total of 148 have been arrested during our Christmas anti-drink and drug driving campaign.
The campaign ran from December 1, 2017 to January 1, 2018 during which 102 people were arrested for drink-related offences and 46 for drug-related offences.
Five people arrested during the campaign have already been to court and been convicted.
Adam Pipe, Casualty Reduction Manager, said: “This was a really good month of action with our officers working tirelessly to identify and arrest drink and drug drivers.
“Unfortunately though I think this figure is just the tip of the iceberg.
“There are still people around our county who are acting selfishly, thinking they can get away with putting their safety, and that of other people, at risk.
“One in 10 collisions in Essex in 2017 where we attended and carried out a roadside breath-test involved someone who was drink driving. Frankly that is unacceptable.”
The number of people arrested for drink-drive related offences rose in 2017 from 994 in 2016 to 1,061.
The number of people arrested for drug-driving related offences fell from 705 to 629.