Police reveal drink-drive figures

News from Northumbria Police
News from Northumbria Police

Northumbria Police arrested 127 people during December as part of its drink-driving crackdown.

Throughout 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 on the region’s roads.

The 127 (94 men and 33 women) were all arrested for offences such as driving while over the prescribed limit, being unfit to drive through drink and failing to provide a specimen for police.

Of those arrested, 80 have been charged with criminal offences. 32 have been bailed pending further inquiries and 15 have been released with no further action being taken.

These 78 now face being fined, disqualified from driving and the possibility of receiving 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.

Operation Dragoon continues and will see a number of high profile roads policing operations take place across the Northumbria Police force area during 2015.