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Drink drive figures increase

Cumbria's summer drink drive campaign has seen an increase in the amount of people arrested.

Throughout June 1322 people were tested and 99 people arrested. This equates to 7% of people tested being over the limit or failing to provide a test.

Of the people that were tested 320 were following an accident, 23 of whom were over the legal limit.

These figures are up form last year where there were 67 arrests.

Chief Inspector Kevin Greenhow who heads up the Roads Policing Unit in Cumbria said:

“More drivers were tested this year than in 2011 and the number which resulted in arrested was similar to previous years, at around seven percent.

“The number of people who still take a risk and drive when under the influence is not acceptable. We work with many different organisations and carry out operations throughout the year to target drink drivers in order to make the message clear that it is dangerous.

“These messages are important and could save people’s lives.

Driving when under the influence of drink and drugs does impair driving and you are not able to make clear judgements, people are not fully in control and are putting lives at risk.

“We will continue to target any driver which we suspect to be under the influence and our officers are highly trained in recognising the signs of those who are driving whilst impaired.

“It is easy to make alternative arrangements if you are going out socialising. If you know you are going somewhere remote or there is a potential you will have a drink, never think you will be ok to drive, you are not. Ask someone to collect you or have a designated driver. Book a taxi, those extra few pounds to get home safely could save your life.”

– Cheif Inspector Kevin Greenhow

Drink Drivers caught the morning after

One in every four people arrested for drink-driving in Cumbria last summer was caught the morning AFTER they'd been drinking.

The figures have been released to launch the county's summer anti-drink-drive campaign.

With a host of events this summer police are urging people to travel responsibly and be aware of how long the alcohol they drink can stay with them.

Tim Backshall reports

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Scotland lowering drink drive limit; response

The drink drive limit in Scotland is set to be lowered.

Currently, drink driving accounts for around 30 deaths on roads in Scotland each year.

Midlothian South, Tweeddale and Lauderdale MSP Christine Grahame says the SNP proposals will cut that number.

"I think the message is, one small glass of white wine, why take the risk, it might just take you over. I think people need to remember that drinking the night before or drinking in the afternoon on a sunny day, can in fact still affect you in the evening if you were to be breathalyzed, so people have to be warned about it. I think in the interest of all those car accidents, those near missed, those crashes, it is worth doing."

– Christine Grahame MSP

Lothian and Borders Police reiterate that the message is simple; just don't drink before you get behind the wheel. Inspector Brian Jones says:

"If you are going out at all, and you think you have to drive, do not drink. Don't take one drink. Drink limits are really designed for being involved with cuisine.So if you are think about going out at all, arrange other ways of getting home safely, call a taxi. Especially the morning after, people forget how strong alcohol actually is, and it can carry on for the next again morning. If you need your licence for your livelihood we say, just don't drink and drive."

– Lothian and Borders Police

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Tougher drink drive limits

Safety campaigners have welcomed plans to lower drink-drive limits in Scotland. The proposals to lower the limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg will be brought forward later this year.

That means a single glass of wine would put motorists over the drink-drive limit. Sarah Fatica, general manager at Brake, the road safety charity, said:

"We're pleased that the Scottish Government is taking heed of the warning that road safety charities and the EU are sending out about the current drink-drive limit. It's certainly a step in the right direction and one that we commend, and we would like to see the British Government also lowering the drink-drive limit. However, a 50mg limit does still leave some level of confusion for the general public about what is safe. If we could have a zero-tolerance approach to drink driving, lives would obviously be saved."

– Sarah Fatica, Brake