County crackdown on drink driving starts tomorrow

A driver taking a breathalyser test
A driver taking a breathalyser test

A month-long crackdown on people who drink or take drugs before getting behind the wheel starts tomorrow (June 1).

From tomorrow, police will be taking part in a campaign aimed at reducing the number of drink and drug drivers in the county.

The campaign is timed to coincide with the seasonal increase in drink driving associated with sunny beer gardens, barbecues and lighter evenings.

Officers will be stopping drivers and conducting breath tests throughout the day, every day.

Superintendent Andy Cox, head of specialist operations, said: “I am determined to make our roads safer. Anybody who is irresponsible enough to get behind the wheel whilst under the influence of drink or drugs will be taken off the road.”

The campaign also ties in with the police and crime commissioner’s focus on making Northamptonshire’s roads the safest in the country.

Police commissioner Adam Simmonds said: “I want to see a marked reduction in the numbers injured and killed on the county’s roads and strongly support this campaign.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol is a primary factor in 25 per cent of all road fatalities.

“One death or serious injury on our roads remains one too many.”

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.