Motorists in Corby who are tempted to drive with alcohol in their system have been warned that officers will be out on drink-drive patrols in the town this weekend.
In December last year, a total of 20 drivers in Corby were arrested for having alcohol in their system.
In a bid to prevent further arrests, officers are warning drivers in the town not to even think about getting behind the wheel if they have had a drink.
PC Chris Gray, from Northamptonshire Police’s Safer Roads Team, said: “We don’t want to arrest people for drinking and driving, we would much rather see them go out and have a nice time and get home safely after either arranging for a designated driver to give them a lift or planning to take public transport.
“For those who do decide to risk getting behind the wheel, including those who think they’re fine to drive the morning after, they need to know that we will be carrying out checks to find them.”
The force’s annual drink-drive campaign is being supported this year by more than 50 pubs and businesses who are displaying anti-drink drive posters and giving their staff T-shirts bearing messages explaining the consequences of drink-driving.
Suzanne Preston, the Rural Pride Officer with Corby Council, which is also supporting the campaign, said: “We regularly consult with our rural communities and we know that aspects of road and driver safety such as drink-driving and speeding are important local priorities.
“So we’re pleased to be working alongside our partner agencies to educate both drivers and residents about the potential impact and consequences of drink driving and make our villages safer this Christmas time.”
The drink-drive operation in Corby this weekend is one of a number which will be held in the town over the coming weeks.
National research shows that while half the population would not consider drinking any alcohol before driving, 10 per cent would consider having two or more drinks before getting behind the wheel.
A new text line has been set up by Northamptonshire Police for people to send information about drink-drivers to.
People who have concerns about drink-driving can send a text to 07800 005554.
Alternatively, they can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.