Police’s summer drink-drive campaign nets 43

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MORE than 40 people are due in court after a police campaign to get drink-drivers off the roads.

Cleveland Police carried out 889 breath-tests during a month-long summer campaign to cut down on the number of drink-drivers on the force’s roads.

Of these, 43 people either tested positive, refused to take the test or failed to provide a breath sample.

The campaign included the random stop-checking of vehicles, as well as targeting motorists in areas known for drink-related collisions and drink/drug drive offenders.

Cleveland Police policy is to breathalyse any driver committing a moving traffic offence, or who is involved in a collision, and anyone suspected of drinking alcohol.

Inspector Mick Little, from the Cleveland and Durham Joint Operations Unit, said: “We have been out in force during June with the aim of taking drivers who are over the drink-drive limit off our roads.

“Those who have tested positive, refused a test or failed to provide a sample will now appear before the courts to face the consequences of their actions.

“Alcohol can be a factor in road collisions, and can cause serious or even fatal injuries. The safest thing to do is not to drink any alcohol and drive.

“We will continue our efforts during the year to ensure Cleveland’s roads are as safe as possible.”

Police say 215 of the tests were administered to people under the age of 25, and 674 were given to those aged 25 years and over.

The summer campaign takes place every year, with a similar initiative running annually over the Christmas and New Year period.