Police breathalyse a driver (file pic)

More than 200 nicked in summer drink and drug drive campaign

Police officers have spent another summer targeting those who endanger the county’s roads by drink or drug driving.

Kent Police dedicate a month of action to their campaign and coincided it with the FIFA World Cup.

Between June 14 and July 15, officers arrested 224 motorists for driving while intoxicated.

Of those arrested, 182 were for driving under the influence of alcohol and 42 on suspicion of drug driving offences.

Sgt Ben Brennan from Kent Police’s Roads Policing Unit said: “Officers followed an intelligence-led approach to target those who still attempt to drive after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

“This led to a 30 per cent increase in the number of people arrested compared to June 2017.

“It’s important that motorists remember that the only safe option if you need to drive is not to drink alcohol or take drugs. If you choose to take the risk it could result a fine, disqualification from driving and in some cases a prison sentence.

“Ignoring the law is just not acceptable and with the proactive approach our officers take it’s not a question of if you will get caught but when.

“Whatever the time of year the message is always the same – don’t drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”

Police officers conducted their campaign by patrolling high risk areas. The work resulted in 102 drivers being charged, 86 released pending further enquiries and 36 being released without charge.

Anyone suspected of driving while intoxicated through drink will usually be asked to do a roadside breath test before a more accurate test at the police station. Police can also test blood or urine to establish alcohol level.

Officers have powers to use tests to check for the presence of illegal drugs in the system.

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