Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Nine charged in Isle of Man drink-drive campaign

Nine people were charged during a month-long crackdown on drink-drivers on the Isle of Man, police said.

Officers from the Isle of Man Constabulary stopped 819 vehicles during the campaign, which ran throughout December.

A total of 13 people were arrested and of those nine were charged, two were bailed and two were released.

The campaign is a joint initiative between the Department of Infrastructure and the police.

Drivers 'supportive'

It runs twice a year, in the summer and at Christmas.

It warns drivers that if they are found over the limit they could face a fine of up to £5,000, a driving ban and a criminal record.

Insp Terry Stephen, from the roads policing unit, said: "We have stopped a total of 819 vehicles over the month-long campaign which is an increase over the last two years.

"The vast majority of motorists were very supportive of this initiative and backed our efforts to keep people safe on the roads over Christmas and the new year period.

"Unfortunately some still felt it was an acceptable risk to drink and drive and they have or will be dealt with by the courts.

"It is amazing that despite our best efforts to prevent drink-driving, a minority of people still chose to take the chance of driving whilst they are unfit."

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