Police make 127 arrests in a month for drink-driving

CRACKDOWN ... Northumbria Police arrested 127 people on suspicion on drink-driving in December.
CRACKDOWN ... Northumbria Police arrested 127 people on suspicion on drink-driving in December.
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A CRACKDOWN on drink-driving during December produced 127 arrests in the Northumbria area, police revealed today.

During the month, officers from the force’s Operation Dragoon team focused on winter road safety and ran a series of roadside operations targeting drink drivers.

A total of 94 men and 33 women were arrested for driving while over the prescribed limit, being unfit to drive through drink, and failing to provide a specimen for police.

Eighty of those arrested have been charged, 32 bailed pending further inquiries, and 15 released with no further action being taken.

Those charged face being fined, disqualified from driving and the possibility of a prison sentence.

Northumbria Police Motor Patrols Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “It’s really disappointing to see such high numbers of people still choosing to drive after having a drink.

“There is never any excuse for it, and anyone who is convicted of drink-driving rightly deserves to be banned from the roads.

“When someone makes the decision to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car, they are putting their own and other people’s lives at risk.

“Too many lives are affected by drink-driving, and we will always do all we can to identify and take action against anyone suspected of being behind the wheel of a vehicle while over the limit.”

The drink-drive operation was part of the force’s road safety campaign Operation Dragoon, which is aimed at identifying and tackling dangerous drivers and keeping the roads safe for everyone.

It will continue into 2015 and will see a number of high-profile road-policing operations take place across the Northumbria force area.