Arrests made during first week of Christmas drink-drive campaign

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The first five days of this year’s winter drink drive campaign has seen nine people arrested for drink driving.

Northamptonshire Police’s annual drink drive campaign began on Saturday (December 1) and will be in place until Tuesday, January 1.

Last year’s campaign saw 117 people arrested for drink driving.

Inspector Nigel Rickaby from the Operations Tactical Unit said: “I am pleased with the start we have had to this year’s campaign, there is a real enthusiasm among officers about targeting those people who get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol.

“Our message is clear - the only safe limit is none.

“If you are going out and know you will be drinking alcohol, nominate someone who will not drink and will drive.

“Alternatively, arrange for someone who has not drunk alcohol to pick you up or take public transport.

“The potential consequences of deciding to drink and drive are catastrophic.

“Not only could you be arrested and required to attend court, you could lose your drivers’ licence and as a consequence of that, your job.

“Of course, there is also the chance that your decision to drink and drive could result in your death, or someone else’s.”

Across Northamptonshire there will be an increased number of breath tests carried out throughout the month.

Officers will be taking part in more patrols, including early in the morning.

Inspector Rickaby added: “There is a particular focus on motorists who get behind the wheel the morning after drinking a large amount of alcohol and who do not realise they are over the drink drive limit.

“We are also targeting young drivers, aged between 17 and 24, as last year’s figures show drivers in that age bracket fail more breath tests than any other age category.”

To report a suspected drink drive in confidence, call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615, fill out the online form at www.northants.police.uk/drivewatch or if you think someone is drink or drug driving now, call 999.