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Rise in number of people caught driving under the influence during December

More than 70 people caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the festive period are starting 2018 facing penalties including prison sentences, driving bans and unlimited fines.

With more people out celebrating throughout December, Northamptonshire Police carried out increased patrols and checks to reduce drink and drug drive offences and keep all road users safer.

Between December 1 and 31, a total of 69 people were arrested for drink driving, and six for drug drive offences. A further six were arrested for drink driving on January 1. During the force’s December 2016 drink/drug driving campaign, 59 people were arrested.

Superintendent Emily Vernon, who oversaw the campaign, said: “While it’s disappointing so many people chose to recklessly endanger people’s lives by drink or drug driving during December, these arrests show we’re out there taking action against such individuals, who now face very serious consequences for their selfish actions.

“Our work to protect all road users from the potentially deadly effects of drink and drug driving is a year-round commitment. I’d like to thank the vast majority of people who did the right thing and only drove when sober, and would urge everyone to continue to do so throughout 2018.”

To help keep everyone safer on the roads, anyone planning to drink alcohol should make arrangements to travel home safely without driving. Motorists are also reminded they may remain over the drink drive limit the following day and should make alternative travel arrangements.

To report suspected drink or drug driving in confidence, call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615 or dial 101. In an emergency, call 999.

December 2017 drink and drug drive campaign arrest breakdown

December 1-7

Drink drive arrests: 12

Drug drive arrests: 3

December 8-14

Drink drive arrests: 15

Drug drive arrests: 0

December 15-21

Drink drive arrests: 10

Drug drive arrests: 2

December 22-28

Drink drive arrests: 25

Drug drive arrests: 1

December 29-31

Drink drive arrests: 7

Drug drive arrests: 0

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