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Drink drive arrests revealed

Almost 90 people were arrested on suspicion of drink or drug driving offences by Warwickshire Police in their Christmas campaign.

The figures, released this week, show 89 arrests were made between 1 December and 30 December 2018.

Exactly the same number of people were arrested during the Christmas campaign in 2017.

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Franklin Smith said: "It is concerning that people are still not getting the message about drink and drug driving and putting themselves and others at risk. We will continue to target these people into the New Year.

"The penalty for driving under the influence of drink or drugs includes a minimum 12-month disqualification, as well as a fine and imprisonment.

"If you kill someone while under the influence of drink or drugs you face up to 14 years in prison.

"There is no failsafe guide to the amount of alcohol someone can safely consume before driving. The amount and type of alcohol, weight, sex and metabolism all play a part. If you are unsure then don't drive.

"There's no excuse for drinking and driving. If you're drinking make other arrangements to get home such as a lift from a friend who hasn't been drinking or a taxi."

If you suspect someone is a drink driver call the police on 101 and let them know when and where they drink. If you know someone has been drinking and is about to drive call 999.

 

Posted by Sam Cook, Communications Officer

Published 04/01/19