Police officers have arrested hundreds of motorists during a drink and drug-driving crackdown, including one driver who was allegedly more than three times over the limit.

Surrey Police arrested more than 200 drivers on suspicion of drink or drug-related offences during December, as part of a national campaign dubbed Operation Limit.

One driver, who was stopped on the A3, is reported to have blown 119 on a roadside breath test - which is three times over the legal limit.

This campaign, which spanned from December 1 to January 1, saw a total of 208 arrests made by officers in Surrey, marking a 43 per cent increase over the previous year's 145 arrests.

Officers also made more than 5,000 vehicle checks during this period, serving as a deterrent for potential lawbreakers and generating awareness of the hazards associated with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

More than 50 collisions were reported during the campaign, highlighting the risks posed by drink and drug driving.

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Chief Constable Tim De Meyer said: "Our campaign highlighted the dangers of drink-driving as well as the very easy steps people can take to prevent it from happening."

Suggestions included pre-booking taxis, opting to walk or designating a sober driver.

Chief Constable De Meyer said: "We are pleased that the public have shown support for our campaign, including where they have reported intoxicated drivers to us to help prevent a tragic collision.

"The increase in arrests also demonstrates the determination of our officers to catch offenders and ensure our roads are safer."

Rachel Glenton, Surrey and Sussex Police's Head of Roads Policing Superintendent, added: "Officers across the force took part in this year’s campaign, and our officers continue to patrol the roads 24/7, every day of the year, to prevent offenders from causing harm to themselves and others.

"But hundreds of motorists still took the selfish decision to drive or use a vehicle after they had consumed alcohol or taken drugs."

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Consequences for those found guilty of drink or drug-driving are severe, with the potential for a 12-month driving ban, unlimited fines, imprisonment, a criminal record that impacts employability, and elevated car insurance costs.

There is also the risk of causing serious injury to yourself or other.

Surrey's Police and Crime Commissioner Lisa Townsend condemned drink or drug-driving as "appallingly selfish acts that can, and do, kill".

She added: "The results of Operation Limit show just how seriously our officers take offending like this, and I'm very proud of the work that has been done to stamp out drink and drug driving."

Statistics from Surry Police showed that there were 526 drug wipe tests carried out, with 120 returning positive, and 2,746 breath tests conducted, with 78 that were positive, refused or failed to provide.