By Lily Houston
Over the festive period, Kent Police ran a campaign to target people who drink and drive. In December 2016, 125 people were arrested in the crackdown on motorists.
It is estimated that around 200 people are killed each year by drink drivers, and many more injured.
Last month officers across Kent arrested a total of 113 people for either driving over the limit, or being in charge of a car while over the limit.
Inspector Sam Pearson from the Roads Policing Unit at Kent Police said: “We police drink driving offences every day, but in December we have a particular focus on it because of the time of year and the increase in people who are out socialising.
“People can be killed or seriously injured as a result of the inconsiderate actions of those who think it is acceptable to drive a vehicle when they have been drinking alcohol.
“Our message is that if you have consumed alcohol then you should find another way to get home.
“Getting a drink driving conviction could cost you your driving licence, and perhaps even your job, but worse still you could be responsible for causing someone serious injury or death.”
Broken down by district, the results are:
Ashford – four people arrested. All charged.
Canterbury – 13 people arrested. 12 charged and one on bail pending further investigation.
Dartford – two people arrested and charged.
Dover – 10 people arrested and charged.
Gravesham – 8 people arrested and charged.
Maidstone – 16 people arrested. 14 charged, and 2 released without charge.
Medway – 14 people arrested and charged.
Sevenoaks – five people arrested and charged.
Shepway – Seven people arrested. Five charged.
Swale – 10 people arrested. Nine charged.
Thanet – 9 people arrested. 7 charged.
Tonbridge and Malling – 10 arrested. 9 charged.
Tunbridge Wells – Five arrested. Four charged.
A further 12 people were arrested across the county on suspicion of driving whilst unfit through drink.