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Increase in drink drivers in Northamptonshire

More people have been caught drink driving this Christmas than last year. Credit: PA images.

Twenty per cent more drink drivers have been caught in Northamptonshire this Christmas than at the same point last year.

The force launched its latest crackdown at the beginning of December and so far 69 people have been arrested for being over the alcohol limit.

At this time last year, just 58 people had been caught.

PC Chris Gray said the figures were worrying.

"It's bad enough to find one person who is willing to get behind the wheel of a car after drinking alcohol, but to have more than we did this time last year is very disappointing."

– PC Chris Gray, Essex Police.

Of the 69 people arrested so far this year, all but six were men. Those found guilty of drink driving face up to six months in prison, a fine, or a driving ban of at least one year.

Warwickshire and West Mercia Police launch drink drive campaign

Warwickshire and West Mercia Police have launched a campaign to raise awareness of the issues around drink driving during the Christmas period.

The consequences of getting behind the wheel after consuming alcohol are being highlighted with adverts in licensed premises across the region.

It is hoped the campaign will make people think about the outcomes of drink driving.

The campaign supports the month long national winter drink drive campaign Credit: David Cheskin/PA Wire

Over the past three years 187 people have been killed or seriously injured in Warwickshire and West Mercia following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.


Leicestershire Police launches drink driving campaign

Leicestershire Police is launching its Christmas drink driving campaign today.

Random checks will be made throughout the day and night Credit: PA

Officers will be on the streets making checks at random locations.

Last December a total of 108 drivers were arrested during the campaign.

Cracking down on those who drink and then drive is a year-round commitment for Leicestershire Police.

However, we are very aware the festive season can present opportunities where people are tempted to drive after drinking.

We would advise drivers to plan ahead by leaving the car at home, sharing a taxi or taking public transport or alternatively nominating a designated driver who will avoid drinking alcohol.

– Graham Compton, Leicestershire

Driver caught five times over drink drive limit at 11am

A driver has been breath tested nearly five times over the drink drive limit after being pulled over on the M5 at 11.00am.

The Central Motorway Police Group posted this tweet showing the reading from the breathalyser used.

The legal limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol per litre of breath - the driver caught this morning posted a reading of 160. The CMPG condemned the driver, remarking that there is 'no excuse' to be behind the wheel after consuming that amount of alcohol.

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