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Blitz on drink-drivers

PUBLISHED: 15:12 02 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:54 23 August 2010

ALMOST 130 people have been arrested for drink and drugs driving in the first two weeks of a police campaign to target the menace. Kent Police have increased their educational and enforcement efforts during one of the busiest times of the year for the of

ALMOST 130 people have been arrested for drink and drugs driving in the first two weeks of a police campaign to target the menace.

Kent Police have increased their educational and enforcement efforts during one of the busiest times of the year for the offences.

A total of 753 motorists have been breath-tested and 128 arrested for positive readings or failing to provide a specimen.

Officers from the roads policing unit say they are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to drive home the message that you must not drink or take drugs before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle.

Acting Sergeant Mark Lamb, of the senior collision investigation unit, said: "We want Kent's roads to remain safe for drivers, passengers and the community generally. And the best way to do that is for us to keep reinforcing the consequences of irresponsible, anti-social and unsafe behaviour and taking a hard-line approach where and when necessary."

Motorists caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs face a mandatory ban, a fine of up to £5,000 or a possible prison sentence. They also face losing their job, having a criminal record, difficulty getting a visa when travelling to certain countries or going to jail.

Sergeant Lamb added: "On a personal level, you or your family could be involved in a serious collision. You could end up in a wheelchair, kill yourself or someone else.

"Too often we see the consequences of drink and drug driving and the lives that are wrecked.

"That is why we take a zero tolerance approach to these offences."

On average, two people are killed on Kent roads each week. Statistics show that one in six of those deaths is attributable to someone driving under the influence of drink or drugs.

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