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180 motorists pulled over in drink-drive swoop

A police officer conducts a breath test. Submitted by Kent Police.
A police officer conducts a breath test. Submitted by Kent Police.

A summer crackdown on drink driving across the Maidstone area has led to 28 drivers being arrested and 19 charged.

A total of 180 motorists were breathalysed by police during the campaign.

The figures are lower than last year, when 40 drivers were arrested.

Traffic co-ordinator PC Warren Jarvis said: "It's encouraging that we're having these results, especially in Maidstone where figures have improved. As a result of this co-ordinated campaign we have been able to take more drink drivers off the roads, but its also worrying that some motorists are continuing to ignore the drink /drive message."

One person was charged for every 5.6 motorists stopped by police in Maidstone. That's higher than the national average, which is one in seven.

Listen to PC Jarvis talk about the drink driving figures.

PC Jarvis added: "It's clear from the number of arrests and convictions just how seriously we take the matter, which could result in a fine and even losing your licence.

"In addition to the roadside checks, we have also proactively going into pubs to encourage landlords to report those who are driving whilst under the influence of alcohol. These licencee visits will continue although the operation is over, to drive home the message to motorists that saying no to that pint could mean the difference spending the night at home or in a police cell."

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