FIGURES released today showed Special Constables together with officers from Specialist Operations helped run six Christmas drink drive operations that saw a total of 540 breath tests administered.
During the operation, 21 people were arrested; seven for drink driving, 10 for drug driving, one for theft of vehicle, two for failing to stop and one for assault.
A total of 42 vehicles were recovered, nine for no tax and 33 for no insurance or driving licence offences
In total, 126 offences were identified throughout the operations, including some minor offences like no seat belt or use of mobile phone.
On one occasion, a driver failed to stop. A Special Constable noted the registration number which was later checked to identify the registered owner. Officers were deployed to the area where the owner lived and while in the area, they identified the car and pursued it. Two people were arrested at the scene.
During an operation in London Road, Daventry a vehicle was pulled over as the passenger was not wearing a seatbelt. The passenger got out of the vehicle and assaulted the special constable. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of assault.
Following an Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) hit, a vehicle was stopped and the driver found to be disqualified, with no insurance and the car had not MOT. Using DrugWipe, the driver also tested positive for cocaine. The driver was subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving and drugs offences.
Operations like this are aimed at sending a strong message that officers take drink and drug driving seriously and road safety of other road users and pedestrians is a priority.