CAMBRIDGESHIRE: Number of drivers caught under the influence drops for second year running

PUBLISHED: 09:14 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 08:50 02 June 2010

THE number of people caught driving while under the influence over the Christmas period has fallen for the second year running.

Around 10,000 motorists were stopped during the annual campaign and 1,832 were breath tested as police conducted daily patrols

THE number of people caught driving while under the influence over the Christmas period has fallen for the second year running.

Around 10,000 motorists were stopped during the annual campaign and 1,832 were breath tested as police conducted daily patrols across the county.

Of those tested 5 per cent were over the drink-drive limit, resulting in 98 arrests. Three further arrests were made for driving under the influence of drugs.

Of those 98 arrests, 34 were in the force's central division - which covers Fenland and Huntingdonshire. Thirty-three arrests were made in the Cambridge area, with 35 arrests in the Peterborough area.

Pc Tony Barrios, casualty reduction officer, said: "It is encouraging to see that the number of people driving under the influence is falling. However, it is always disappointing to see that some drivers are still ignoring the law."

During the 2007 campaign, 2204 people were breath tested, 149 (7 per cent) of whom were arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

The Christmas campaign ran from December 1 until December 31.

Pc Barrios said: "We take this campaign extremely seriously and ensured there was a highly-visible police presence on the county's roads throughout December to target those who ignore the law.

"This work was not merely about enforcement. Specialist officers conducted daily, formal road checks to deter motorists from driving under the influence. This meant more motorists than ever before were stopped during the campaign.

"Although the campaign has ended officers will continue to conduct regular breath checks and field impairment tests to ensure the enforcement continues.

"Those motorists who continue to break the law may think they are safe to drive but they are mistaken. Each time someone gets behind the wheel and drives under the influence they are not only risking their own life but also the lives of others.


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