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'Virtual court' for drink-drivers

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Motorists caught drink driving in north Kent could be convicted and taken off the roads within hours thanks to a 'virtual court'.

Under a new scheme launched by Kent Police, anyone caught driving over the legal limit has their case heard in the virtual court, which sees North Kent police station connect with Medway Magistrates' Court via a video link.

People who are arrested and then charged with the offence are usually bailed for 15 days until they appear before a local magistrates' court, while still being allowed to drive within this period.

However, immediate punishment under the new campaign means those found guilty could be disqualified and lose their licence on the day.

Four people have already been arrested by Kent Police under the campaign since its launch at the beginning of the month.

If successful the scheme could be introduced in other areas.

© Press Association 2010