Two charged on first day of Lincolnshire Police drink driving campaign

By the end of the first day of the Lincolnshire Police Christmas drink driving campaign, two people had been charged with the offence.

The operation, which was launched on December 1, is encouraging people to speak up about potential drink or drug drivers by texting DRINK to 80800.

Texts should also include details of the vehicle, (registration), where the person will be drinking and when.

Nationally, the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers is getting behind police forces’ efforts to stop drink and drug driving.

In the last year, the charity says it received just under 6,000 calls about drink drivers, 44 of which were from the Lincolnshire area.

People can contact Crimestoppers anonymously to report drink driving on 0800 555 111.

Anyone who knows of a person attempting to operate a vehicle while intoxicated should call 999.

East Midlands Regional Manager, Kiran Dhanda, said: “Too many people lost their lives last year due to drink drive incidents. But, there are still people out there who regularly drink drive and refuse to change their behaviour.

“We want to make the roads a safer place for everyone and we would urge you to give information to Crimestoppers anonymously about anyone who is regularly drink driving.”

Those charged in Lincolnshire since December 1 with drink driving offences are:

  • Zydrunas Bartkus, 43
    He was arrested for offence at Hannam Boulevard, Spalding on 1st December. It is alleged that at the time of the offence his alcohol level per 100 millilitres of breath was 66mcg. The legal alcohol limit is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath. Zydrunas will appear at Boston Magistrates court on 31st December 2014.
  • Gabriel Wisla, 54
    He was arrested for offence on the A151, Holbeach on 1st December. It is alleged that at the time of the offence his alcohol level per 100 millilitres of breath was 60mcg. The legal alcohol limit is 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath. Wisla will appear at Skegness Magistrates court on 2nd December 2014.