Another Grantham driver is identified as part of ‘Think Don’t Drink’ campaign

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Another motorist from the area has been identified by police after he was charged with drink driving over the Christmas and New Year period.

The ‘Think Don’t Drink’ campaign started on Monday, December 18, and runs into the New Year. The identities of people found to be driving under the influence of drugs are also being released.

Lincolnshire Police has made more than 1,000 arrests for drink driving in the last year and more than 150 arrests for driving under the influence of drugs. Nearly 70 per cent of those people were charged.

A recent study by the Press Association found that the force charges more offenders than anywhere else in the UK.

The latest local driver to be identified after being charged with drink driving on December 29 is Anghel Ilie-Laurentiu (26), of Swinegate, Grantham, who was arrested on Brook Street, Grantham. He will appear at Lincoln Magistrates on January 25.

Inspector Ewan Gell from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “Drink-driving is still a problem in Lincolnshire but we are very good at catching offenders. I sincerely hope we don’t have to name a single person over these two weeks. Driving under the influence can be deadly, claims and ruins lives but is easily avoidable.

“Do not consume a drop if you are driving and be wary the morning after as you could still be over the limit. If we pull you over the consequences could be a losing your licence, a criminal record or even a prison sentence.”

John Siddle from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said: “Drink drivers cannot turn back the clock however, almost all those arrested wish they could. They stand to lose so much when they make that decision to get behind the wheel – their livelihood, life, other people’s lives and possibly their liberty if they are sent to prison.

“The knock-on effects of that will be loss of job, possible loss of home (who pays the mortgage) car insurance increase, possibly a re-sit of the driving test. Despite this some people still choose to drink or drug drive, so I welcome Lincolnshire police’s decision to name those charged with driving whilst impaired, through drink or drugs, which adds to the list of deterrents already in place.”

If you suspect someone is about to drive under the influence call 101 or 999 in an emergency.