Rossendale Free Press

Hundreds arrested in drink/drug drive op


MORE than 200 people were arrested in December as part of Lancashire Police’s countywide clampdown on drink and drug-drivers.

Officers were out and about throughout the festive period stopping motorists as part of their Christmas road safety campaign

They operated checkpoint­s, carried out random stops of vehicles and acted on intelligen­ce from members of the public – and in total between arrested 240 people between December 1 and New Year’s Eve. Of those, 137 were in relation to drink-driving, 71 were for drug-driving, and 32 were for failing to give a sample or having their judgement significan­tly impaired by drink or drugs.

One of the arrests was in relation to a fatal collision in which a man aged in his 30s was killed.

Ch Insp Pat Worden, of Lancashire Police, said: “First and foremost we must thank those members of the public –

by far the majority – who followed the law and made arrangemen­ts that didn’t involve them drink or drug-driving.

“Unfortunat­ely we know that at Christmas more people are willing to take the risk than at other times of year and this last month saw officers stop 240 people who believed the law did not apply to them.

“Drinking or taking drugs before driving is completely unacceptab­le at any time and our efforts to catch those responsibl­e are constantly ongoing.”

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●●Lancashire Police had a clampdown on drink and drug-drivers.

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