People who drink and drive will be targeted by Northamptonshire Police during a month-long campaign timed to coincide with the World Cup and the warmer weather.
The operation, which will run throughout June, is part of a national campaign designed to reduce the number of people who die on Britain’s roads every year because of drink driving.
Sergeant Tony Hopkins, who is leading the operation in Northamptonshire, said the campaign was designed to target everyone who may be tempted to drink and drive, particularly those who get into the car too soon on the ‘morning after’.
He said: “Throughout the month we’ll be focusing not just on the people who drive home drunk from pubs, but those who have not given enough time between drinking and getting behind the wheel the following morning.
“And with the World Cup taking place this summer, we’ll be out in force to make sure everyone is safe to drive, both before the matches and after them.”
A similar campaign held in Northamptonshire in June last year saw more than 2,500 people breathalysed and 103 arrested for being over the limit.
In 2012, a total of 145 people were arrested during the campaign.
Nationally, drinking and driving remains a significant issue, accounting for 16 per cent of all road deaths during 2012.
In that year 280 people were killed in drink drive collisions nationally, representing an increase of 17 per cent on 2011.
The national lead for roads policing, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, said: “Thousands of people will be celebrating the World Cup here in the UK, and the police want people to have a good time and enjoy an action-packed event that we only see every four years, but that’s not an excuse to take a risk and get behind the wheel while you’re over the limit.
“The morning after can be just as dangerous as the night before so if people have been drinking into the night, there’s a strong chance they may not be fit to drive the morning after, and no amount of cold showers or black coffee will change that.”
People who are found to have been drinking and driving face a £5,000 fine, a 12-month driving ban and a criminal record.