Northumbria Police say they made 145 arrests and breath-tested more than 700 motorists across the region as part of a summer crack-down on drink and drug driving.
During the World Cup (June 14 – July 15) increased roadside checks and extra patrols resulted in 744 motorists being breathalysed by officers from Northumbria Police’s Motor Patrols and the Operation Dragoon team. Of these, 629 were men, 115 women and 504 were over the age of 25.
Sergeant Matt Sykes, of Op Dragoon, said:
“We run a summer campaign every year to drive home the dangers of drink and drug driving.
“The message is simple – do not get behind the wheel of a car when you have been drinking alcohol or using drugs.
“When you are under the influence, you are more likely to cause a collision which could have devastating consequences for all those involved – you are putting lives at risk.
“Not only will you face arrest, a driving ban, a fine and a potential prison sentence, but you could end up causing serious injury and taking the life of another road user.
“If you are going out, make extra arrangements to get home. Road traffic collisions tear families apart and people need to be aware of the risks involved in driving while over the limit.”
During the campaign, extra officers equipped with breathalysers and drug testing kits were deployed and roadside stations were set up.
Officers actively targeted known drink and drug offenders in the region and are continuing to warn motorists of the risks involved in driving after taking drugs or drinking alcohol.
The activity was part of the National Police Chief Council’s (NPCC) national campaign to target drink and drug drivers.
If you suspect anyone of drink or drug driving, contact Northumbria Police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.