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Chatham woman Emma Bowen, from Chatham has been charged with drink driving.

A woman from Chatham became the 100th person in the county to be arrested on suspicion of drink-driving this month.

Officers from Kent Police are supporting a UK-wide campaign by reminding people of the risks associated with drink-driving.

Police say just one drink affects your ability to drive and there are no tricks to help you sober up.

Officers have been stopping and breathalysing anyone suspected of being over the limit on the county’s roads.

In the seven days from 15 December 15, to December 21, officers made 33 arrests for drink-drive related offences.

Of those, 22 have already been charged.

Some defendants were sentenced for drink driving. Stock picture
Some defendants were sentenced for drink driving. Stock picture

Among them was Emma Bowen, 34, from Princess Mary Avenue, Chatham.

She was stopped and arrested in Dock Road in the town at 11.35pm on Saturday, December 20.

She has now been charged with drink driving and will appear before magistrates in Medway on January 12.

Another man was also due before magistrates this week after being charged with drink driving, but his case did not go ahead.

Arturs Lapkovskis, , was charged with being over the limit after being pulled over in London Road, Gillingham, on December 9.

He was due to appear on Monday but because there was no interpreter at the court for him, his case was adjourned to a later date.

Lapkovskis, of Berridge Road, Sheerness, is also accused of driving without insurance and without a licence.

Insp Rob Dell from the roads policing unit said: “We made 33 arrests for drink-driving related offences last week.

The same seven days in 2013 yielded 39 arrests which suggests more and more people are getting the message.

Civil injunction obtained to stop prolific drinker causing problems. Stock pic
Civil injunction obtained to stop prolific drinker causing problems. Stock pic

“But we know there is still a minority of people who risk their safety, and the safety of others, by drink-driving.

“Since the start of the month we’ve arrested 108 people on suspicion of drink-drive offences.

“Of those, 72 have been charged and given a court date.

“Our officers will continue to be on patrol throughout the Christmas week and I hope this campaign serves as a warning to others.

“Historically, Christmas Eve has been a particularly busy night for drink-drive arrests so I would like to remind people who are going to be drinking – do not drive.

“If you’re going to be driving, don’t drink.

“If we all play our part, we can all have a safe and enjoyable Christmas.”

BLOB: Throughout the rest of the month, in support of the national anti drink-drive campaign, officers will continue to highlight arrests on social media using the hashtag #DontDrinkAndDrive.

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