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Hundreds of drivers risking jail as Kent Police run summer drink and drug drive campaign

Contributed by editor on Aug 09, 2018 - 03:40 PM

 

Those who take the very real risk of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs were targeted by officers during a summer campaign.

 


The month of action, which took place from 14 June to 15 July and coincided with the FIFA World Cup, saw officers arrest 224 motorists across the county for driving whilst intoxicated.

 

Drug driving

Of those arrested, 182 were for driving under the influence of alcohol and 42 on suspicion of drug driving offences.

Officers were proactively patrolling high risk locations which resulted in 102 motorists being charged, 86 released pending further enquiries and 36 people being released without charge.

Sergeant Ben Brennan from Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit said: ‘Officers followed an intelligence-led approach to target those who still attempt to drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs. This led to a 30 per cent increase in the number of people arrested compared to June 2017.

 

Prison

‘It’s important that motorists remember that the only safe option if you need to drive is not to drink alcohol or take drugs. If you choose to take the risk it could result a fine, disqualification from driving and in some cases a prison sentence.


Not if, but when you will be caught
 

‘Ignoring the law is just not acceptable and with the proactive approach our officers take it’s not a question of if you will get caught but when.

 

‘Whatever the time of year the message is always the same – don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.’

 

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