Police arrested 85 people for drink-driving in Northamptonshire during the Christmas and New Year period

Police officers stopped 2,217 for a breath test in Northamptonshire
Police officers stopped 2,217 for a breath test in Northamptonshire

A total of 85 people were arrested during the annual drink-drive Christmas and New Year campaign, figures have revealed.

Northamptonshire Police said the number of people arrested during the festive season was 21 per cent lower than in the previous year.

Officers arrested the 85 people between December 1 2014 and January 5 this year.

A total of 2,217 took breath tests at the side of the road following a campaign ran by the force called ‘Everyone hates drink-drivers’.

Sergeant Tony Hopkins, who led the operation, said: “We’re determined to reduce cases of drink-driving in Northamptonshire, so I’m pleased to see the number of people we caught over the festive period is lower than last year. That suggests our message is getting across to drivers.

“The vast majority of people we stopped had not had any alcohol before they got into their car, which is the only way to make sure you will not be caught drinking and driving.

“For those who continue to ignore the message and get behind the wheel after having a drink, the New Year will bring some unpleasant news for them with the prospect of court appearances or large fines hanging over their heads.”

Drivers found guilty of driving under the influence of alcohol could now face time in prison, receive large fines and a driving ban.

Anyone who has information about people who drink and drive can still contact the force’s Drivewatch hotline on 0800 174615.