69 suspected drink and drug-drivers arrested in Cambridgeshire in one month
Cambridgeshire police arrested 69 suspected drink or drug drivers during the December crackdown.
Some 48 drivers were charged and 21 were sentenced in the same month. Those sentenced banned from getting behind the wheel for a combined total of 34 years.
Calls to the force’s confidential hotline to report drink or drug drivers almost tripled from 20 calls in December 2020 to 57 last month.
PC Jon Morris, casualty reduction officer at Cambridgeshire Constabulary, said: “I hope that our work has made drivers think twice about getting behind the wheel while under the influence, and that as part of the campaign we have also highlighted how long alcohol can remain in your system.
“Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your ability to drive and as always if you’re drinking, even if you have just one, arrange another way of getting home.
“It is also brilliant to see that calls to our confidential hotline nearly tripled in December when compared to 2020, it’s great that people are helping us make the roads of Cambridgeshire safer for everyone. Remember, one call really could save a life.
“Our officers can’t be everywhere but they could be anywhere, so please don’t gamble with your life or your future by driving after consuming drink or drugs. It’s really not worth the risk.”
Officers carried out tests while on patrol and carried out roadside checks. Ten police operations also took place focused on the morning after, funded by the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) through the Vision Zero Partnership’s Casualty Reduction Fund.
At least 1,700 vehicles were stopped during these operations and the force reported “a positive response” from the public and many drivers. Officers advised motorists just how long alcohol can remain in the body.
Darryl Preston, Cambridgeshire’s PCC, said: “I understand the devastation caused by drink driving having dealt with far too many serious injuries and fatal accidents as a former police officer.
“Driving under the influence is completely unacceptable and those who do are not only endangering themselves but also the lives of others on the road.
“I urge everyone to think about the consequences of drink-driving. My message will always be clear: don’t drink and drive.”
The force’s confidential hotline - 0800 032 0845 - is available 24/7, but if someone is in immediate danger, call 999.
For more on drink or drug driving, visit https://bit.ly/3JJ7ken.