Drink-drive crackdown leads to 32 charged so far

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More than 30 people have so far been charged with drink driving as part of Northamptonshire Police’s summer clampdown.

Throughout June, the force is taking part in a national campaign which is designed to reduce the number of people who die on Britain’s roads every year because of drink driving.

Roadside checks carried out through June have so far resulted in a total of 32 people being charged with drink driving, which is 42 per cent fewer than this time last year.

Sergeant Tony Hopkins, who is leading the campaign in the county, said: “We are pleased with the way the operation is going.

“It’s clearly getting the drink-drive message across and it’s pleasing to see this year’s figures are lower than last year

“But it is still very disappointing to see a minority of drivers are willing to risk drinking and driving.

“They need to be aware that we are out there looking for them and will do all we can to get them off the road to make sure they don’t end up killing or seriously injuring either themselves or somebody else.”

Of the 32 people charged up to June 23, a total of 28 were men and four were women.

The most common age range for those charged was 18 to 24, with 11 people from that group providing positive breath tests at the roadside.

A total of seven drivers aged between 40 and 49 and six between 25 and 29 and were also charged.

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.

People who are found to have been drinking and driving face a £5,000 fine, a 12-month driving ban and a criminal record.

The operation, which will continue until the end of June, is part of a national campaign, 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’.