Arrest for drink-driving during police checks on roads in Northamptonshire

Officers went out in Rushden and Higham Ferrers
Officers went out in Rushden and Higham Ferrers

More than 20 driving offences were reported during police checks in Rushden and Higham Ferrers.

A team of 14 special constables from the safer roads team as well as from Rushden and Higham Ferrers teamed up to carry out the checks in the area.

The operation was in response to concerns from residents about speeding and anti-social driving in the area.

They went out on Saturday, November 14, and 25 offences were detected by officers, including one person arrested for drink driving, four drivers not wearing a seatbelt, two counts of speeding and four drivers reported for using their mobile phones.

Other offences included vehicles being driven without insurance or tax.

Safer roads officer PC David Lee said: “The aim of the operation was to continue to make Northamptonshire’s roads safer by targeting those who break basic traffic laws.

“We focus on the four main causation factors in people being seriously injured or killed in road traffic collisions, which are drink driving, speeding, failing to wear seatbelts and mobile phone use.

“Often when we run these operations, what seems like a minor offence often springs up more serious offences.

“We utilise a mixture of marked and unmarked vehicles to provide that high visibility policing aspect as a deterrent and reassurance.

“We focused on Rushden and Higham Ferrers as a response from concerns from residents.”

PC Lee added: “Some of the excuses for not wearing seatbelts were down to individuals making short journeys.

“A lot of serious and fatal collision occur on roads that people know and often close to home.

“No matter how short a journey, our advice is to always wear your seatbelt.”

Inspector for East Northamptonshire Julie Mead has been working with residents concerned about speeding issues in the area in recent months, and she thanked PC Lee and his team for their efforts with this operation.

Following the police checks, drivers will be reported for the offence and the consequences can vary.

Drivers can be offered the chance to take part in a national education course which stops them accruing points on their licence to being issued with penalty points and a fine, but it could also result in a court appearance.

Full results of the operation:

- four vehicles recovered for no insurance

- four vehicles recovered for no tax

- one arrested for drink driving as a result of a collision

- four drivers reported for failing to wear their seatbelt

- four drivers reported for using their mobile phones

- one driver reported for not being in proper control of their vehicle (this could be texting or changing the music on an ipod while driving)

- one dangerous passenger load (children not in child seats)

- two drivers reported for speeding

- three miscellaneous offences for things such as expired MOTs, tinted windows etc

- one driver reported for driving otherwise than in accordance with a licence