More arrests in summer drink drive campaign

Police breathalyse a driver
Police breathalyse a driver

Motorists are being given a harsh reminder about the dangers of drink driving after 20 people were arrested in the fourth and final week of Northamptonshire Police’s summer campaign.

The month long campaign, which was launched on June 1, was aimed at increasing awareness of drink driving and the consequences.

And new figures released by the force show that between June 20 and 26, 20 people were arrested for drink driving – five of which were between 17 and 24 years old. In total, 14 people have been charged

By comparison, 12 people were arrested during the same time period last year.

Chief Inspector Dave Lawson said: “The figures show an increase in the number of people arrested for drink driving compared with the same time period last year.

“What we really need to reinforce are the dangers of doing this both in terms of the driver but also passengers, other motorists and pedestrians.

“We have charged 19 people who tested over the drink drive limit. The consequences are serious. Our message is simple – do not drink and drive.

“Officers will be continuing to carry out high profile roadside checks throughout the county as well as targeted and intelligence-led operations. These checks will be taking place at all times of the day and night.”

Anyone who suspects a driver in Northamptonshire of taking to the wheel under the influence of drink or drugs is urged to call the Drivewatch hotline, a 24-hour telephone service, on 0800 174 615.