Two motorists caught over the limit in Stroud on Friday night
SNJ reporter Kate Wilson spent some time with Gloucestershire’s Special Constabulary on Friday night as part of its summer drink driving campaign.
Over the course of the night around 60 vehicles were stopped by the police on the A46 Bath Road and Dr Newton’s Way - a total of 25 drivers were breath tested and two motorists were caught over the drink drive limit.
Alexander Holden, aged 19, of Shakespeare Road in Dursley was charged with drink driving and bailed to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on July 25.
Richard Powell, aged 46, of Cainscross, Stroud, was also charged with drink driving and bailed to appear at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court on July 25.
Steve Lindsay, the special co-ordinating the operation, also showed how effective the automatic number plate recognition system can be as Mr Powell was also charged with driving without a licence and without insurance after his number plate was typed into the system.
ANPR involves technology that allows police to check any number plate against a database of vehicles that are linked to crime or motoring offences.
The ‘Morning After ‘campaign, launched by Gloucestershire’s Road Safety partnership earlier this month, encourages drinkers to do the right thing on the night and not drink and drive.
Also during Friday’s operation one motorist was stopped for having an 11-month-old in the front seat of the car with no seatbelt or car seat and another driver was pulled over after swerving - however it turned out he was just trying to avoid a hedgehog.
Away from the breath tests, a number of cyclists were also stopped for not having bike lights.
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