Summer drink drive arrests

NEARLY 100 people were arrested during a summer drink drive campaign in Cambridgeshire.

The campaign, which ran through June, saw 97 arrests on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, compared to 94 for the same period last year.

To coincide with the enforcement campaign the force also launched a confidential number for the public to report drink drivers and those driving under the influence of drugs. Since June 1, the number was called 174 times, which resulted in five arrested. Officers are also pulling together intelligence packages following other information given on the line.

Inspector Chris Skepper said: “It is always disappointing to see that people are continuing to break the law by drinking and driving. However, it is encouraging to see so many members of the public getting behind the campaign and calling the confidential line.

“Not only has this led to a number of arrests but we are also pulling together packages about named drivers to ensure we know where they are next time they decide to get behind the wheel and break the law.

“The national enforcement campaign may be over but our work is not and we will continue to target those who think it’s acceptable to drive while under the influence.”

Using the 0800 032 0845 number, which is available 24/7, people can get involved in the campaign by supplying police with information about drink and drug drivers.