Big increase in summertime drink drivers

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Motorists are being given a harsh reminder about the dangers of drink driving after 27 people were arrested for drink driving in the first week of the summer campaign.

Police figures for June 1 to June 5 show:

- 27 people were arrested for drink driving

- One of the 27 people were arrested between 7am and midday – the ‘morning after’

- Of the total arrested, four are between 17and 24 years of age and three have been charged

- In total 20 people have been charged

In comparison, the figures for the same period last year showed:

- Nine people were arrested for drink driving

- None were between 7am and midday – the ‘morning after’

- Of the total arrested, two were between 17-24 years of age and two were charged

- In total eight people were charged

One of the operations conducted included testing 15 drivers on Bedford Road and John Clarke Way, Rushden. No-one tested positive and no tickets were issued.

Chief Inspector Dave Lawson, from Specialist Operations, said: “The figures show an increase in the number of people arrested for drink driving in the first week of the campaign compared with last year.

“What we really need to reinforce are the dangers of doing this both in terms of the driver but also passengers, other motorists and pedestrians.

“We have charged 20 people who tested over the drink drive limit. The consequences are serious. Our message is simple – do not drink and drive.

“Officers will be continuing to carry out high profile roadside checks throughout the county as well as targeted and intelligence-led operations. These checks will be taking place at all times of the day and night.”

Anyone who suspects a driver in Northamptonshire of taking to the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs is urged to call the Drivewatch Hotline, a 24-hour telephone service, on 0800 174 615.