Durham university students have expressed concerns that recent attempts to crack down on drinking in the city could actually put more people at risk.
Students, though, say implementing such measures could actually do more harm than good.
Recent comments by Durham’s chief constable, Mike Barton, have also created something of a division between the students and police.
A mother of a current Durham student has now started a JustGiving page to raise money for better river security.
Janis Penn is trying to raise £1,500, which she says she will pass on to the Durham City Safety Group, set up to prevent another death in Wear.
A £50,000 campaign aimed at educating students on drinking has been announced and an assessment of riverside safety is due to take place in the coming weeks.
Both Fenton and Tingle believe more could have been done, however.
Tingle said: "There is a vocal element of the local population that sees these recent deaths purely as examples of student irresponsibility and is therefore opposed to any kind of increased spending on safety."
He added: "The police know this, and that is why they are reluctant to go ahead any of these changes."
Fenton concluded: "It is very positive to see something finally being done. But it has come too late for three people. I hope that will be on the minds of all those involved in making sure people are safe."
Durham council told BuzzFeed News the details of the breathalysing pilot scheme had yet to be confirmed and would be released at a later date.
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