Photo – © Julian Swainson 2019
As Norfolk’s drink/drug drive campaign continues throughout December a total of 84 people have been arrested with related offences so far.
Of the 44 people arrested for drink driving, 15 have already been fast tracked to Norwich Magistrates Court with results including:
Christiane Itt, aged 41 and from St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, who gave a roadside breath test of nearly three times the legal limit is now disqualified from driving for a year and a half and was fined over £150.
Michael Jackson, aged 56 from Wisbech Road, Kings Lynn, was arrested for drink driving at approximately 3pm on Sunday 15 December following a collision in Kings Lynn. He blew a roadside breath test of nearly five times the legal limit. He was charged and appeared at court on Wednesday 18 December and was given a 12-month suspended sentence, 50 hours of unpaid work, disqualified from driving for three years, and fined over £200.
Following concerns from a member of the public about the driving manner of a vehicle on the A47 near Little Fransham on Sunday 15 December, police arrested a 48-year-old woman. Amanda Edwards, of Kings Lynn provided a roadside breath test of over three times the legal limit. As a result, she was disqualified from driving for two years and fined just under £300.
Paul Millward, 41 and from Ringland, Norwich was stopped by police in Norwich as a result of his driving manner. He blew a roadside breath test of nearly twice the legal limit at approximately 12:40am on Wednesday 4 December. He was charged and appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court the following morning at 10am and was given a 12-month driving ban and fined over £250.
Chief Inspector Kris Barnard, Head of the Joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team, said: “I hope the results go some way to demonstrate the point that officers are out there targeting those that cause a danger on our roads.
“We are also grateful to the members of the public who have assisted with information and have allowed us to take action. Of course, I would rather that everyone only drove when they were fit to do so. Our officers will continue to keep the pressure on those that choose to put themselves and others in danger.
“I hope all are able to enjoy the festive period but I urge everyone to consider that the consequences of drink or drug driving are absolutely not worth the risk.”
Members of the public are encouraged to keep reporting any concerns on the online portal which has been set-up to enable individuals to report any concerns relating to suspected drink or drug-driving directly to the Roads and Armed Policing Team: https://mipp.police.uk/operation/363719P01-PO1
In case of an emergency, or if you believe a crime is in progress, always dial 999.
Alternatively contact the charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org
Follow the Joint Norfolk & Suffolk Roads and Armed Policing Team on Twitter @NSRAPT for updates throughout the campaign.