Number of drink-drivers in county falls
By Jonathan BarnesSUFFOLK police have reported “encouraging” results from their anti-drink-driving campaign over the Christmas and New Year period.But they insisted the 49 motorists caught over the legal drink-drive in the 15-day crackdown was still too many.
By Jonathan Barnes
SUFFOLK police have reported “encouraging” results from their anti-drink-driving campaign over the Christmas and New Year period.
But they insisted the 49 motorists caught over the legal drink-drive in the 15-day crackdown was still too many.
The figures showed a sharp drop in the number of drivers testing positive for drink-driving, but police said they would not be complacent about the problem and would continue to target offenders all year round.
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Suffolk police conducted 965 breath tests across the county between 6am on December 18 and 6am on Sunday, of which 49 were positive.
That represented 5.1% of the total - compared to 8.5% in the same period a year ago, when 1,043 tests were carried out and 89 were positive.
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Chief Inspector Alan Pawsey, of Suffolk police, said: “While it is encouraging that fewer drivers seem to be willing to risk drink-driving this year, we will not be complacent in Suffolk.
“We are committed to making the county's roads safer for everyone. Suffolk police run a drink-drive campaign 365 days a year and we will continue to target those who put others' lives at risk by consuming drink or drugs before taking control of a vehicle.”
Police said 71 motorists were asked to provide a breath sample at the scene of a collision involving an injury and six had given positive tests, with one further person refusing to give a sample.
They added 117 people had given a sample at the scene of a non-injury collision and 11 had tested positive.
The majority of motorists (777) were stopped either because they had committed traffic offences, because police suspected them of drink-driving from the manner of their driving or because of tip-offs from members of the public. Of those, 32 gave positive breath tests.