21 people arrested as summer anti drink drive campaign gets underway

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The number of drink drivers caught at the start of the annual summer police campaign is up on last year’s figures.

The summer clampdown on drink driving started just at the beginning four days ago, and already 21 people have been arrested.

This is four more than the number arrested in the same period last year.

The campaign began on Saturday 1 June and will continue until Sunday 30 June.

Inspector Jen Helm from the Operations Tactical Unit, said:

“I am very pleased with what has been a strong start to this summer’s campaign.

“We want to make people think twice about driving after any alcohol.

“Not all drink drivers are typically unsafe or chaotic people, and sometimes those who consider themselves responsible and careful drivers make spur of the moment choices when they’ve had a couple of drinks.

“The best way to deal with the often unpredictable circumstances of driving is with no alcohol in the system at all.’

Across Northamptonshire, an increased number of breath tests are being carried out, with an emphasis on early morning testing.

To report a suspected drink drive in confidence, call the Drivewatch Hotline on 0800 174615, fill out the online form at www.northants.police.uk/drivewatch or if you think someone is drink or drug driving now, call 999.