More than 30 drink driving arrests made in Medway last month

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By MariaSoleil | Thursday, January 17, 2013, 11:16

MORE than 30 drink driving arrests were made in Medway last month. 

Kent Police arrested a total of 211 people in Kent as part of a Christmas anti-drink/drug drive campaign.

The campaign, which began on 1 December and ended on 1 January, saw 681 motorists breathalysed by officers across the county.

Roads Policing Traffic Sergeant, Hannah Brown, said: "Driving under the influence of drink or drugs risks lives. If the worst was to happen and someone dies in a drink drive related collision, there are catastrophic consequences for the family or families left behind. 

"In addition, the offender will have to live with what he or she has done forever and may spend time in prison too. At best, they will have a criminal record which can affect their job or promotion prospects; ability to get a visa to visit certain countries; their insurance premiums go up; they have to find alternative ways of getting around which can be inconvenient and expensive. 

"Their personal relationships may even be affected. Thankfully, only a minority of motorists think that it's acceptable to put the lives of others at risk. Most drivers take appropriate measures to ensure that they don't have to get behind the wheel after an alcoholic drink.

"Although Christmas is behind us our work to keep people as safe as possible on our roads will continue all year round."

The campaign was part of a road safety partnership and anti drink/drug drive campaign run in conjunction with Kent County Council and Medway Council. 

On average one person is killed in a collision on Kent's roads each week. Of these, one in six of those deaths involves someone driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

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