Police plan summer crackdown on drink-drivers

Northumbria Police are cracking down on drink drivers.
Northumbria Police are cracking down on drink drivers.
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Police are cracking down on drink driving this summer.

New legislation means people are more likely than ever to get caught if they are driving under the influence.

We don’t want to stop people enjoying their summer, but the message of this campaign is very clear – if you are having a drink, then don’t drive.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Winton Keenan

Officers from the force’s road safety Operation Dragoon team are warning drivers not to take the risk this summer.

As part of the campaign the team will be conducting roadside checks, testing any drivers suspected of drink or drug driving, and targeting known drink drivers who may re-offend.

All drivers involved in collisions are being breath tested and motor patrols officers are carrying out additional routine breath tests, alongside normal observations of motorists.

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable, Winton Keenen, said: “We don’t want to stop people enjoying their summer, but the message of this campaign is very clear – if you are having a drink, then don’t drive.

“So many families are left ruined because of drink driving and we will do everything we can to reduce the number of families left grieving lost loved ones.

“We would urge motorists to plan ahead and if they know they’re going to be having a drink they should make arrangements to get home in advance. People should book a taxi or nominate a designated driver, and avoid the temptation of getting behind the wheel while under the influence.”

Anyone who suspects drink driving should call 101 or 999 in an emergency.