More than 100 arrested in drink drive campaign

A motorist being breathalysed.
A motorist being breathalysed.

Almost 6,000 motorists were breathalysed – and 115 arrested – across Northamptonshire during the festive police crackdown on drink driving.

Throughout December, officers breathalysed 5,732 people across the county, almost double the number checked in the previous December.

A spokesman for police said the figure of 115 arrests represented a drop in two from the previous year.

She added: “Of the 115 arrested, 78 have been charged, with investigations continuing on the others.

“Seven of the arrests were made between 7am and midday, ‘the morning after’.

“Of the 115 arrested, 24 were young drivers aged between 17 and 24.”

During the campaign, which runs from 1 December to 1 January, a series of co-ordinated roadside operations took place, at all times of the day and night, to carry out checks throughout the county.

All drivers involved in road traffic collisions, spotted committing road traffic offences, and those suspected of having drunk alcohol, were also subjected to breath tests.

Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport is also the Association of Chief Police Officers lead of roads policing.

She said: “We made a concerted effort to increase the number of breath tests we carried out this year and that is reflected in an almost doubling in the number of motorists who were stopped.

“Even though we did breathalyse more people the number over the limit was slightly less. This is something I cautiously welcome and hope it means that motorists are finally starting to think before they get behind the wheel after having a drink.”

Anyone who suspects someone of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is urged to call the Drivewatch Hotline, a 24-hour telephone service, on 0800 174615.

An online form is also available at {http:\\www.northants.police.uk/drivewatch|www.northants.police.uk/drivewatch|Drivewatch}.