Drink-drive crackdown

CHECKS were carried out on 266 motorists in a month-long drink-driving crackdown.

Police carried out the roadside checks across the Northumbria Force area, pulling over those suspected of drink or drug driving, as well as targeting known offenders.

Of those stopped, 42 failed or refused to take a breathalyser test.

Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “It’s pleasing that the message is getting across to the majority of motorists that drink driving will not be tolerated.”

Anyone convicted of drink driving offences faces at least a year’s driving ban, a fine and large hikes in insurance premiums.

The operation took place in June, but checks will continue.