166 arrests in Christmas drink-drive crackdown in Notts

A Notts Police car in the city centre - file image © westbridgfordwire.com

A total of 166 people were arrested during a Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers in Nottinghamshire.

It follows a joint Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service campaign which raised awareness of the dangers and consequences of drink and drug driving, using a combination of education and enforcement.

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At the beginning of December the Force also pledged its support to the annual Christmas Drink and Drug Driving Campaign led by the National Police Chief’s Council (NPCC).

Of the 166 arrests in Nottinghamshire, between 1 December 2018 and 1 January 2019 inclusive, 142 of those were for drink driving and 22 for drug driving.

Of those arrested, 104 drivers were charged to court, 46 were released under investigation and 16 were released with no further action.

The total arrests figure is an increase on the two previous Christmas campaigns in Nottinghamshire which resulted in 109 arrests in 2017/18 and 112 in 2016/17.

As part of our awareness-raising campaign, which ran over the festive period, officers engaged with members of the public at events in Nottingham and Mansfield, offering advice and raising awareness of the risks and consequences of drink and drug driving.

During these events officers challenged members of the public to try on a pair of beer googles and walk in a straight line, simulating how alcohol can affect your reactions and impair your ability to drive.

Sergeant Philip Broughton, of Nottinghamshire Police’s Roads Policing Team, said: “It’s extremely disappointing to see, despite our repeated warnings, that so many people got behind the wheel on Nottinghamshire’s roads while under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Sadly there will always be some people who do take the risk and by doing so put their own lives and the lives of others in danger.

“The decision to drive while you’re under the influence of drink or drugs takes just a split second, but the consequences could last a lifetime.

“The consequences for those who take the risk and break the law can be massive and life-changing in terms of the loss of their job, relationship and freedom to drive.

“However the most costly of consequences are for those who find themselves mixed up in drink or drug drive incidents where a loved one is lost.”

Sgt Broughton added: “Driving while affected by drink or drugs is wholly unacceptable and a crime.

“Drink and drug drivers will not be tolerated on Nottinghamshire’s roads.

“Our joint campaign was about educating drivers of the risks but was also about stopping those who flout the laws from being able to take to Nottinghamshire’s roads and keeping road users safe.

“In that regard the campaign has been a success and a number of people now face driving disqualifications, substantial fines and even being sent to prison as a result of our activity and their actions.

“We will be relentless in pursuing those who think it’s acceptable to drive while affected by drink or drugs and any drivers who commit offences throughout our region can expect to be dealt with robustly.

“We can all play a part in reducing the number of people who are risking their lives and the lives of others on our county’s roads.

“If you know or suspect that someone is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, try to discourage them but if they won’t listen to you ring us and report them.

“Call us on 101 or 999 if there’s an immediate threat to life or property. You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”