Northamptonshire Police arrest 52 drink drive suspects

Northamptonshire Police officers have arrested 52 drink drive suspects so far this Christmas
Northamptonshire Police officers have arrested 52 drink drive suspects so far this Christmas

Police have arrested 52 drivers so far following the launch of the Christmas drink drive campaign.

Police have arrested 52 drivers so far following the launch of the Christmas drink-drive campaign.

Since Sunday, December 1, when Northamptonshire Police launched the Christmas drink-drive campaign, 1,429 people have been breathalysed and 52 people have been arrested.

Of those more than 90 per cent were men, 31 were arrested between midnight and 7am with 11 of those being between 4am and 7am. Out of the 52 arrested 41 have been charged.

Insp Jen Helm said: “The message is clear – we will not tolerate those who drink-drive and we are committed to cracking down hard on those who do.

“Being arrested is just the start of the consequences which can include a prison sentence, loss of licence, loss of job and travel restrictions. We’re also raising awareness by talking with people on Facebook and Twitter. We want to make sure no-one is missing a loved one this Christmas because of a drink-driver.”

To make people think about drink driving the morning after a Christmas party, the force is also publicising a hard-hitting Youtube clip from Thames Valley Police.

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.