Drivers get the drink-drive message

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The number of people arrested for drink-driving over the Christmas and New Year period in Northamptonshire was more than 20 per cent lower than the previous year.

Between December 1, 2014, and today, Monday, January 5, a total of 85 people were arrested for drink-driving in the county.

The figure represents a drop of 21 per cent on the previous year’s figures.

The drop came after 2,665 people took breath tests at the side of the road during the festive period and followed a hard-hitting campaign to get across the message ‘Everyone hates drink-drivers’.

Sergeant Tony Hopkins, who led the operation, said: “We’re determined to reduce cases of drink-driving in Northamptonshire, so I’m pleased to see the number of people we caught over the festive period is lower than last year. That suggests our message is getting across to drivers.

“The vast majority of people we stopped had not had any alcohol before they got into their car, which is the only way to make sure you will not be caught drinking and driving.

“For those who continue to ignore the message and get behind the wheel after having a drink, the New Year will bring some unpleasant news for them with the prospect of court appearances or large fines hanging over their heads.”

Those who are found guilty of drink-driving could face time in prison, large fines and a driving ban.

Anyone who has information about people who drink and drive can still contact the force’s Drivewatch hotline on 0800 174615.