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Ten festive drink-drivers caught in South Tyneside

CAUGHT OUT ... police doing a roadside breathalyser test.

CAUGHT OUT ... police doing a roadside breathalyser test.

POLICE arrested 10 drivers in South Tyneside for being drunk behind the wheel over Christmas and New Year.

The figure, released by Northumbria Police, follows a crackdown on drink-driving held throughout the festive period.

All 10 drivers were men.

The operation is launched each year to remind motorists of the risk they pose to themselves and other road users by drink-driving.

The month-long operation in the force area saw 146 drivers arrested.

Of those, 101 were charged or summonsed and will appear in court, where they could face a driving ban, time behind bars or a fine of up to £5,000.

Motor patrols Chief Inspector George Maratty said: “Drink-driving costs and ruins lives and, although we ran this specific operation during December, we will continue to pro-actively target drink-drivers, and get as many of them off the roads and in front of the courts as possible.

“We need the public’s help to keep drink-drivers off the roads, and they must tell us about anyone they think might be over the limit and behind the wheel. We take reports of drink-drivers extremely seriously, and a call reporting a driver who is over the limit could be saving lives on the roads.

“We will always act on information passed to us, as it could be the difference between life and death.

“Anyone who sees a driver who they think has consumed too much alcohol to drive should report them to police straight away.”

During the operation, officers carried out roadside breath tests on all drivers involved in accidents and committing moving road traffic offences.

Anyone who suspects someone of drink-driving, should contact Northumbria Police on 101 ext 69191 or 999 in an emergency.

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