Yate man found guilty of drink driving as part of police crackdown

September 12 2018

A 52 year old man from Yate has been found guilty of drink driving and banned for 24 months.

 Julian Heath was arrested during Operation Tonic, a police road safety campaign during which 133 people were arrested, 74 charged and another 30 released under investigation. 

Mr Heath was found to have 99 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.  He was fined £653 and ordered to pay a surcharge of £65 and costs of £85. By the end of Operation Tonic, 374 people had been breathalysed, and the highest reading given was 147 micrograms which is nearly four times the legal limit. 

The campaign had a dual approach of patrols targeting drink and drug drivers, whilst neighbourhood teams and cadets carried out leaflet drops warning drivers about the crackdown and giving advice. 

Supt Andy Williams, Head of Road Safety in Avon and Somerset Constabulary said: “Our approach to Op Tonic promotes education over prosecution where possible, with the ultimate aim to reduce deaths, serious injuries and crime related to drink and drug driving.”