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Added: Wednesday 4 July 2012
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A TOTAL of 93 people were arrested across the county during a month long crack down on drink drivers.
A focused crackdown was undertaken by officers during the month of June which saw the country force policing a number of major events including the Queens Jubilee celebrations, Euro 2012 games and Moto GP.
The month long anti-drive campaign, which was launched on 1 June was aimed at increasing awareness of drink driving and the consequences.
The figures for 1 June 2012 to 1 July 2012 show:
- 1,298 people were breathalysed
- Of the total breathalysed, 93 people were arrested for drink driving
- Eight people were arrested between 7.00am and 12.00noon – the ‘morning after’
- Of the total arrested, 14 were between 17-24 years of age and nine of whom have been charged
- In total 68 people have been charged
In comparison, the figures for 1 June 2011 to 1 July 2011 show:
- 782 people were breathalysed
- Of the total breathalysed, 83 people were arrested for drink driving
- Six were between 7.00am and 12.00noon – the ‘morning after’
- Of the total arrested, 22 were between 17-24 years of age and 16 were charged
- In total 68 people were charged
Throughout the campaign a series of co-ordinated roadside operations took place, at all times of the day and night, to carry out checks throughout the county.
All drivers involved in road traffic collisions, spotted committing road traffic offences, and those suspected of having drunk alcohol, were also subjected to breath tests.
Chief Inspector Dave Lawson, from Specialist Operations, said: “The figures show an increase in the number of people arrested for drink driving compared with the same time period last year.
“This year however we did carry out a higher number of tests which would account for an increase in the numbers of people arrested. In carrying out road side checks officers acted on intelligence and were more targeted in their approach.
“Officers carry out breath tests throughout the year as part of our ‘Fatal Four’ campaign, not just during the Summer and Christmas, and at all times of the day and night. Any amount of alcohol can impair your driving, even if you are below the legal limit, so we would advise people to abstain from drinking alcohol completely if they intend to get behind the wheel.”
Anyone who suspects someone of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is urged to call the Drivewatch Hotline, a 24-hour telephone service, on 0800 174615. This confidential service is regularly monitored and intelligence is followed up by officers.