Lincolnshire police charge 48 people in drink driving campaign

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Some 48 people have been charged with drink driving offences in the first month of Lincolnshire Police’s summer drink driving campaign.

From June 1, officers across the county have been conducting an intelligence-led operation to identify drink drivers.

The campaign, alongside Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership focuses on the BBQ season, when people are believed to be most likely to consider driving home after a few drinks with friends.

Police officers carried out roadside checks at all times of the day using FIT (Field Impairment Tests) and breathalyser checks.

Members of the public were also asked to identify drink drivers by texting the word “DRINK” to 80800 followed by details of the vehicle and driver.

In the first 10 days of the summer campaign, 22 people were charged with driving while under the influence of alcohol in the county.

The details of those charged are published for a limit of 24 hours on the Lincolnshire Police website.

Police state that if a member of the public knows of someone who is imminently going to drink drive, they should dial 999.

The force’s Christmas campaign, which began in December, resulted in 74 motorists across the county, including twelve people from Lincoln, charged with drink driving.

During Lincolnshire Police’s summer drink driving campaign for 2013, 79 people were arrested on suspicion of drink or drug related offences in the first month.