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Essex Police in Anti-Drink Drive Campaign

Essex Police in Anti-Drink Drive Campaign

Police in Essex have hailed a scheme to fast-track drink-drivers through the court system in an attempt to reduce the amount of road crime in the area.

December, according to the local Echo newspaper, saw 124 people arrested for these kinds of offences and most were put in front of a magistrate within 24 hours.

The vast majority of those that made appearances were banned for driving while over the blood-alcohol limit, while others were charged with failing or refusing to provide a specimen of breath or blood.

Adam Pipe, Essex Police's casualty reduction manager, said: "Excellent co-operation with the Criminal Justice Department and the courts has resulted in the majority of offenders being brought to justice within 24 hours."

Experts have hailed this approach, arguing it cuts down on bureaucracy and saves money, but some legal campaigners warn justice should not be rushed and that due processes should be abided to at all times.

By Francesca Witney