Drink and drug drivers to be named
and shamed again in Northants
Northamptonshire Police will be naming drivers charged with drink or drug driving as part of a month-long campaign to tackle offending over the summer period.
The force ran a similar campaign over Christmas where everyone caught drink or drug driving was named on the Northamptonshire Police website and across social media.
The latest operation will run until June 30 in support of the National Police Chiefs' (NPCC) summer drink and drug drive campaign.
PC Mo Allsopp-Clarke from the Safer Roads Team, said: “Our campaign to name drivers charged with drink or drug driving over the Christmas period went down a storm with the public.
“The majority of people know how selfish and dangerous it is to take the risk of driving under the influence and though we promote the same message every year, I guarantee that there will be some who will ignore it. This summer, their names will be published on our website and across social media.
“Do you want to be stopped, arrested, taken to the cells, charged and forced to appear before court? Do you want your friends, family and employers to know that you’re a drink or drug driver? If the answer is no, the message is simple – do not drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“There really is no excuse to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Public transport and taxis are readily available and if your excuse is a lack of money, then why are you out drinking in the first place?”
Officers carry out breath tests throughout the year, but with more people out drinking over the summer period, increased patrols and checks will be carried out. These will include early morning operations, when people may be driving after consuming alcohol the previous night.
The move to name drivers charged with these offences is being backed by the Northamptonshire Safer Roads Alliance which is a partnership made up of Northamptonshire Police, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS), The Office of the Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner (OPFCC) and Northamptonshire Highways representing Northamptonshire County Council, who work together on initiatives to reduce the number of people killed or seriously injured on Northamptonshire’s roads and to make the county’s roads safer.
Chair of the NFRS, Chief Superintendent Mick Stamper, said: “Police officers are all too familiar with the consequences of drink and drug driving. “It only takes one second to have a fatal collision and the chances of having one when you’re driving under the influence increases significantly.
“The NFRS works together to reduce fatal collisions on the County’s roads and we are pleased to see this campaign take a hard-line on the issue of drink and drug driving as we hope it’ll make people think twice and make our roads safer as a result.”