More than 200 motorists arrested for drink and drug driving in December
More than 200 people have been arrested as part of Kent Police’s drink and drug driving enforcement campaign in December.
Kent Police deployed additional patrols during the month-long campaign targeting motorists who risked causing harm to themselves, their passengers and other road users by driving whilst unfit to be behind the wheel.
Officers proactively patrolled town centres and the main road networks resulting in more than 650 drivers being tested at the roadside, leading to a total of 237 arrests.
Of those arrests, 140 were for driving under the influence of alcohol, 90 were suspected of drug driving offences and seven were detained for failing to provide a sample.
Chief Inspector Rhianna Pepper from the Roads Policing Unit said:
‘Our officers followed an intelligence-led approach to target those who still attempt to drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
‘If people intend to go out and drink alcohol, we ask they do so responsibly and make arrangements to get home safely. Those who choose to risk driving whilst impaired are likely to be arrested and receive a fine, disqualification and in some cases a prison sentence.
‘Our message is simple – there is no excuse for driving under the influence. With the proactive approach our officers take, it’s not a question of if you will get caught but when’.