Festive drivers praised after police road checks

Kidderminster Shuttle: Festive drivers praised after police road checks Festive drivers praised after police road checks

POLICE officers have praised drivers after everyone breathalysed during a roadside check in Summerfield was found to be under the limit.

As part of a national drink-driving campaign, West Mercia Police conducted a road check on the A449 just outside Kidderminster.

The check took place between 7am and 10am, during which 50 vehicles were stopped and the drivers breathalysed.

PC Helen Stark said: "It was pleasing to see none of these drivers were found to be committing drink or drug-related offences.

"These checks are set up to catch drivers who put lives at risk by drinking and driving. Anyone suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol and who provides a positive breath test is likely to end up in court with a driving ban and fine.

"We are really pleased with how the operation went. Most people were co-operative and some thanked us for doing a great job."

She added although no-one was found to be drink driving, seven drivers were dealt with for a variety of other vehicle offences, including defective tyres and not wearing seatbelts and one vehicle was found to have no rear lights.

Meanwhile, a woman was arrested after witnesses reported she had left a Bewdley bar in a drunken state in the early hours of Friday, December 27 and drove off. She was arrested at her home near Worcester and charged with failing to provide a specimen.

She will appear before Worcester magistrates on January 17.

PC Stark said spot checks would continue to be carried out across north Worcestershire during the new year period.

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