Police arrest 91 drink drivers in Northamptonshire in Christmas crackdown

Police Christmas drink driving campaign.
Police Christmas drink driving campaign.

Almost 100 people were arrested for drink driving during a Christmas crackdown by Northamptonshire Police.

Officers arrested 91 people and charged 68 people during the operation, which lasted throughout December.

The vast majority of arrests were men, with male drink drivers accounting for 79 of the total arrests and 60 of the charges.

Sixteen young drivers, aged between 17 and 24, were arrested and 12 charged.

Inspector Jen Helm said: “In the not too distant past drink driving was almost tolerated in society but now it is increasing recognised as the reckless and unacceptable behaviour that it is.

“Policing drink driving through enforcement and raising awareness through education is only half the battle. Every friend, relative, or colleague who stopped a drunk or drugged driver getting into a car this Christmas potentially saved a life, or spared an innocent bystander serious injury.

“We will continue our fight against those that drink and drug drive and would like to thank those members of the public who in their own way are saving lives too.”