Northumbria Police announce month long crackdown on drink driving

Northumbria Police are joining the national campaign Northumbria Police are joining the national campaign
Northumbria Police are joining the national campaign
There will be extra police on the roads and more random stops

A region-wide crackdown on drunk driving will be launched by Northumbria Police this festive period.

The police team's Motor Patrols squad are joining a National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC) road safety campaign.

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The month-long crackdown was launched last week and will see an increase in officers on Newcastle's roads.

Officers will carry out an increased number of random stops in a bid to tackle those driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Northumbria Police have reassured the public that enforcement is carried out all year round, but there will be extra attention during a festive period that sees clubs and pubs busier than ever.

Sergeant Glen Robson said: “We support this campaign every December as figures show there is an increase in drink and drug driving over the festive period.

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“Following the Christmas lockdown last year, we expect to see higher volumes of people out enjoying the festivities, and we urge them to not get behind the wheel if they are under the influence.

“It is so important for us to continue this kind of enforcement and make sure nobody has to lose their life at the hands of a drink or drug driver.

“We want everyone to make it home for Christmas and would ask you all to think of the consequences of driving whilst under the influence. Just one drink can affect your judgement."

The officer added that drink and drugs can stay in the body for a long time, meaning you may still be intoxicated the next day with your judgement impaired.

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He continued: “If you do take that risk, we will have extra officers on the road who will stop you, and even arrest you and put you before the courts.

“Just think before you get behind the wheel, is it really WORTH it?”

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