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Police charge 100th motorist with drink-driving in seasonal crackdown

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Police have charged 100 motorists with drink driving in Kent in a seasonal countywide blitz.

Of the 149 people arrested in Kent in the first four weeks of December on suspicion of drink-driving, a man from Snodland was the 100th person to be charged.

David Griffin, from Hollow Lane, was arrested shortly after 6pm on Sunday, after he was seen driving near his home by a PCSO (Police Community Support Officer).

A driver being breathalysed. Stock image
A driver being breathalysed. Stock image

Griffin, 49, was taken into custody and later charged with drink-driving as well as driving without third party insurance. He will appear at Sevenoaks Magistrates Court on February 13.

Police arrested 41 people in the fourth week of December on suspicion of drink-driving offences. That figure included 12 arrested between 3:20pm on Christmas Eve and 5:55am on Christmas morning.

Chief Inspector Tony Dyer from Kent's road policing unit said: "Of those we arrested last week, 34 were men and seven were women.

"The youngest was an 18-year-old man from Maidstone while the oldest was a 73-year-old man from Canterbury.

"We’ll continue to target those who disregard the law as well as their own safety" - Chief Insp Tony Dyer

"The figure is down slightly on last year, which is encouraging, as it shows people are getting the message around drink-driving.

"But of course we’ll continue to target those who disregard the law as well as their own safety.

"New Year's Eve in particular is traditionally a busy night for drink-driving so my message to anyone making plans to go out and celebrate the start of 2015 is also to ensure you’ve also made plans to get home safely."

Throughout December, in support of the national anti drink-drive campaign, Kent Police will continue to highlight arrests on social media using the hashtag #DontDrinkAndDrive.

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