Lincolnshire

Over 100 arrested for drink and drug driving this summer

So far over 100 people in Lincolnshire have been arrested for driving under the influence of drinks or drugs this summer.

Officers are patrolling the county as England prepare to take on Croatia in Wednesday night’s World Cup Semi-Final with an increased number of people expected to be out for the match.

People need to make sure they have a designated driver or alternative travel plans as Lincolnshire Police’s Serious Collision Investigation unit is urging drivers to be more careful after 102 people were arrested.

Detective Inspector Ewan Gell said: “The glorious weather and fantastic performances from England are making this a summer to remember – but over 100 people will also remember it for all the wrong reasons.

“Just one poor decision can cost you your license or have far more serious consequences. If you are enjoying a few drinks please nominate a designated driver, and if you have plans to drive the next morning, bare this in mind and don’t take chances as we could be asking you to blow into a breathalyser.”

Chief Superintendent Paul Timmins added: “We are delighted that England have reached a World Cup Semi-Final and are keen to ensure all our communities can enjoy this once in a generation event.

“We have seen around the country a vast majority of England fans enjoying the weather and the football without causing any disorder or disruption. Unfortunately a small minority have caused problems for emergency services.

“In Lincolnshire we will be prepared for increased numbers of people wishing to support England in public places and we will seek to ensure this passes off without disruption.

“We would ask that our public remember that regardless of the result this has been a successful World Cup for England and should be a time to celebrate peacefully. I’m sure no-one would want to recall this year’s World Cup as a time of trouble, violence and disruption.”