Dozens of arrests were made for drunk and drug driving over Christmas.

Gloucestershire Constabulary has revealed that there were 95 arrests for driving related offences during its annual Christmas campaign which lasted from December 1 to January 1.

The figure is down from 130 the previous year.

Of the 95 arrests, 49 were related to alcohol whilst 33 were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs, with almost two thirds of the total arrests coming after December 15.

A total of 41 people have been charged for a variety of offences and have appeared or will appear at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court.

A further 39 people have been released under investigation whilst several of those arrested gave negative breath tests once they had been taken to a police station.

Chief Inspector Al Barby said: “Every day we have seen motorists who continue to believe that they are able to drive while under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

“It is disappointing that the message is still not getting through to a small number of people who continue to flout the law.”

The anti-drink and drug driving campaign is coordinated by Gloucestershire Constabulary in partnership with the county council, Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service, and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner.

It is aimed at educating drivers of the dangers and penalties they could face for driving having consumed alcohol or drugs.

The campaign saw the Special Constabulary, the volunteer section of the police, conduct proactive operations throughout the county.

Chief Inspector Barby added: ““Our roads officers and Special Constables have done a fantastic job of ensuring roads are safe from those who still drive while intoxicated.

“Their work doesn’t end here – while the Christmas campaign has finished, we will continue to target all those who think that it is acceptable to take a risk and drive under the influence of drink and drugs.”

As well as those arrested for drink or drug driving, officers caught a number of other drivers for a variety of offences including driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance.