First week of drink drive campaign yields as many arrests as tip offs

THE first week of a crackdown on drink-driving in the county has seen 26 people arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Cambridgeshire police’s campaign has also yielded 26 calls from members of the public to its confidential drink-driving reporting line.

The police introduced the new number, 0800 032 0845, to encourage people to call in and report suspected drink drivers.

Inspector Chris Skepper said: “It is always disappointing to find that some drivers are still flouting the law.

“We will continue our proactive approach by conducting regular stop checks to ensure those people who ignore the law are brought to justice.


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“We have also received a number of calls from the public in relation to drink drivers and are currently following up this information.”

The enforcement campaign runs until the end of the month while the confidential hotline will be piloted for three months.

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“We know there are people out there who still feel it is acceptable to drive under the influence and there are also people who know who these offenders are,” added Insp Skepper.

“They may not feel comfortable reporting drink and drug drivers so the confidential line is available to allow people to do this without having to leave their details.

“We will act on the information immediately where possible or through targeted action.”

Using the 0800 032 0845 number, which is available 24/7, people can get involved in the campaign by supplying police with information about drink and drug drivers.

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