Police warning after drink-driving rise

NEARLY one in every eight young drivers tested during Suffolk Police’s summer anti-drink and drug driving campaign proved to be over the limit.

Officers have said of the 711 tests carried out in June, 199 were conducted on those aged 25 years old or under, 24 (12%) were positive.

Overall, the enforcement campaign saw a slight rise year-on-year with 8.6% of motorists having excess alcohol in their system compared to 8.4% in June 2009.

Chief Inspector Adrian Dawson said: “It may only be a small increase in relation to last year but it is an increase nonetheless and it is always disappointing to see.

Nearly 9% of people we have stopped have failed to act with consideration or acknowledge the greatly increased risks they face by drink driving.

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“Those offending need to realise that they not just putting themselves at risk but other innocent road users as well. This is a very serious issue and can have severe consequences.

“Anybody convicted of drink driving will have a criminal record and could receive a prison sentence of up to 10 years, they could be banned from driving, fined heavily and even lose their jobs. Not to mention the possible loss of life.

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“We want everyone to know that Suffolk Police will not tolerate drink or drug driving and we will continue to carry out checks throughout the year.”

The month-long enforcement campaign began on June 1 and saw officers across Suffolk conduct 711 breath tests. Of those 61 (8.6%) were positive.

In June 2009 919 breath tests were carried out, of which 77 (8.4%) were positive.

This year 266 tests routine breath tests conducted on each party involved in road traffic collisions (RTCs), with 17 (6.4%) drivers over the limit.

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

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