A 100th taxi driver has been arrested for drink or drug driving charges on Merseyside in less than a year. Roads Policing Unit Merseyside announced yesterday in a tweet that the “unfortunate milestone” had been reached, the tweet also included an image of a vehicle but the number plate was blurred. The statistics include both Hackney carriage and private hire vehicle drivers.
Eight drivers have been arrested because of the drink, and the remaining 92 have been caught because of the drug drive. According to the tweet, a total of 48 of those had been from Liverpool, 33 from Sefton, 14 from Knowsley and five from other regions of the Merseyside county. Roads Policing Unit added: “We will carry on working hard to support the majority of legal drivers in the trade.”
The operation against drunk and drug drivers caught pace in the Christmas season when the police arrested 19 drivers throughout the month, leading Inspector Keith Kellett said: “Drug driving is a serious offense and leaves our communities vulnerable. All drivers must take care of their passengers, to make road users safe we must take the drug and drunk driving offense with zero tolerance.”
The residents of Merseyside appreciated the hard work from their local police, and they are hoping for the more exceptional work in the future.