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Operation to tackle drink and drug drivers

News   •   Dec 21, 2018 06:00 GMT

On the final Friday before Christmas, more than 35 MSCs from around London will be launching Operation Equinox in Clapham; a one-day operation targeting drink and drug drivers, drivers with no insurance and those who may be carrying knives or other offensive weapons. 

There will also be an increase in uniformed officers and marked vehicle patrols.

The operation will be supported by officers from the Met’s Violent Crime Task Force and Roads and Transport Policing Command (RTPC).

Police are now better equipped than ever to detect those who take the risk to drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Drug swipe kits have been rolled out to traffic officers, which allows them to detect a range of drugs from Class A to Class C. Officers will also be using the standard kits for alcohol testing.

Central South Basic Command Unit commander, Chief Superintendent Simon Messinger, who oversees the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, said: “The last Friday before Christmas is usually one of our busiest nights for policing.

“This is a time of year people want to celebrate, have fun, and spend time with families and friends. Please do so safely, and do not drink or take drugs and then drive. If you are having a night out, take a taxi, pre-book a private hire vehicle or use public transport so that everyone returns safely home to their friends and families.

“I would also like to thank all of the Met’s Special Constables who have taken time from their own personal lives to keep London safe tonight and working with officers to deter and arrest those who may be considering breaking the law.”