Campaign shows drink drive rate falling

RESULTS of road-side breath tests have shown that less people risked drinking and driving on Suffolk's roads last month than in June 2007.

RESULTS of road-side breath tests have shown that less people risked drinking and driving on Suffolk's roads last month than in June 2007.

The results of Suffolk Police's Summer Drink and Drug Drive enforcement campaign for June 2008 show that a smaller percentage of people took the risk compared to last year.

The month-long drink drive campaign, which began on June 1, saw officers across Suffolk conduct 857 breath tests. Of those tests 21 were positive, which equals 2.45 percent.

This compares to the campaign in June 2007, during which officers conducted 888 breath tests - 61 (6.9pc) of which were positive.


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Superintendent John Everett said: “During our summer campaign we tested over 800 motorists and whilst the results have been encouraging, it is still worrying that some people continue to ignore the drink drive message. It is pleasing to see that the percentage of people testing positive for drink driving compared to last summer's campaign has decreased and we hope that the message continues to hit home. However, there were still 21 people who knowingly put their lives at risk and the lives of others.”

“We are determined to continue to clamp down on drinking and driving and are committed to breath-testing actively throughout the year. Those offending should realise what a serious issue this is and that their actions could result in the loss of their license, not to mention the endangering of lives. “

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Anyone who suspects someone they know of drink-driving is asked to report them immediately to the police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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