127 arrests in drink driving crackdown

Police arrested 127 people in the region in a drink-driving crackdown last month.

The 94 men and 33 women were pulled over as part of Northumbria Police’s road safety campaign Operation Dragoon.

They were arrested for offences such as driving while over the prescribed alcohol limit, being unfit to drive through drink and failing to provide a specimen for analysis.

Eighty people have since been charged, while 32 have been bailed pending further enquiries. Fifteen were released with no further action.

Motor Patrols Chief Inspector John Heckels said: “It’s really disappointing to see such high numbers of people still choosing to drive after having a drink. There is never any excuse for it and anyone who is convicted of drink driving rightly deserves to be banned from the roads.

“When someone makes the decision to drink and then get behind the wheel of a car they are putting their own and other people’s lives at risk.

“Too many lives are affected by drink driving and we will always do all we can to identify and take action against anyone suspected of being behind the wheel of a vehicle while over the limit.”

The operation will continue this year.