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Police out to catch drink and drug drivers

An anti drink and drug driving operation is taking place in Northampton this morning. The police are pulling people over in the town centre to check they aren't still over the limit from last night.

It is the first time they have included drug testing in their annual Christmas campaign, after new laws and drugs testing kits were brought in earlier this year. Last year, there were 82 drink-driving arrests made across Northamptonshire over the Christmas period.

Spring crackdown on drink-drivers

Police test a driver fro drink Credit: PA

A new drink drive campaign has been launched across the region. The Spring drink-drive campaign will run throughout March.

It's being backed by a national advertising campaign - and is targeting the those people who think it's acceptable to drive after a few drinks.

The consequences of being caught driving under the influence are a fine of up to £5,000, a minimum 12 month driving ban and a criminal record. Not to forget the possible fatal consequences if you are involved in a collision.


Drunk driver jailed

A drunk and disqualified driver who hit a bus head on has been jailed.

Richard Cousins, who's 46 and from Cambourne, near Cambridge, pleaded guilty to driving whilst disqualified, driving without insurance, driving without due care and attention and driving under the influence of alcohol.

He's been jailed for six weeks by Cambridge Magistrates for driving whilst disqualified and six weeks for excess alcohol to run concurrently.

He was also banned from driving for 10 years.

Drunk driver sentenced

A drink driver who crashed into a set of traffic lights in Cambridge while more than twice the legal limit has been banned from the roads.

37 year old Mohmmed Yousuf, from Winter Avenue in London, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol at Cambridge Matistrates' Court.

He's been banned from driving for 22 months, fined £110 and ordered to pay £85 court costs.

He was arrested after crashing into traffic lights in Trumpington Road and was found to have 86 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.