More people have been arrested on suspicion of drug driving so far this year than the whole of 2018.

Essex Police arrested 125 people in July taking the total for 2019 to 1,080 – that’s already 41 more than last year.

Temporary Chief Inspector Sharn Taylor, Head of Roads Policing, said: “The impact it can have is incredible on the individual.

"Ultimately they’ll be arrested, they could lose their licence and the knock-on effect is potentially losing their employment and ultimately their home.

“The impact is quite incredible.”

Drugs impact your ability behind the wheel and if you do it you are more likely than ever to be caught.

T/Chief Insp Taylor added: “We’re better equipped than we’ve been ever been to detect drug driving.

“We have over 600 officers trained across the county (to use the drug wipe equipment), we are proactive in our patrols and looking out for offenders.

“The message is we will find you and we will arrest you”.

If you have any information about a drink or drug driving please call us on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.