Morning drivers targeted by police in Northampton for annual drink-drive campaign

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Motorists in Northampton have been breath-tested this morning as part of the Christmas drink-drive campaign by Northamptonshire Police.

Officers are targeting drivers still over the limit from the night before.

A spokesman for Northamptonshire Police said: “As well as the usual breath tests, officers will also carry out new tests to see if people are driving with drugs in their system.

“Last year, there were 82 drink-driving arrests made across Northamptonshire over the Christmas period.

“Those who are found guilty of drink-driving face up to six months in prison, a large fine or a driving ban for at least a year.

“Drivers who are found guilty of causing death by careless driving while drunk can get up to 14 years in prison, an unlimited fine or a driving ban for at least two years,” the spokesman added.

Those convicted of drug driving face a minimum one year driving ban, an unlimited fine and up to six months in prison.

To help raise awareness of the dangers of drink-driving, dozens of pubs across the county will this year display warning posters over the festive season and bar staff will wear anti drink-driving T-shirts.

A new text line has also been set up for people to send information about drink-drivers to.

People who have concerns about drink-driving can send a text to 0780 000 5554. Alternatively, they can call Northamptonshire Police on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.