Rise in arrests for drink driving

Motorists are being given a harsh reminder about the dangers of drink driving after 27 people were arrested for drink driving in the third week of the summer campaign.

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

The figures for June 13 to June 19 show 27 people were arrested for drink driving, including four who were arrested between 7am and midday after drinking the night before.

Of the total arrested, three were between 17 to 24 years and two of them have been charged. In total 19 people have been charged.

In comparison, the figures for June 13 to June 19 show 15 people were arrested for drink driving with no one arrested between 7am and midday. Of the total arrested, five were between 17 to 24 and three of them were charged. In total 11 people were charged.

Kettering officers conducted an operation on June 18 at the Rockingham Road junction with Grafton Street, including patrols around St Andrews School area, St Mary’s Road junctions with Larch Road and St Johns Road.

Chief Inspector Dave Lawson, from Specialist Operations, 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.