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Almost 20% test positive in Derbyshire's drink drive campaign

Derbyshire Police have revealed that almost 20% of the 391 motorists tested gave a positive test, refused to take it or failed to provide a sample during its Christmas drink drive campaign.

The force also worked with Crimestoppers who offered a reward of up to £1,000 to anyone who called the charity to report a drink-driver, if the information lead to an arrest and charge.

27 people reported a drink-driver during the campaign.

The campaign this year was intelligence led and we carried out targeted breath testing where we had information to suspect drink-driving. This led to a higher percentage of motorists giving a positive test, refusing or failing to provide despite us carrying out fewer tests.

– Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of Roads Policing


338 drink drivers caught in Christmas crackdown

Motorist stopped by police taking a breath test Credit: PA

Nearly 40000 motorists were breath-tested on the roads over the Christmas period as part of West Midlands Police’s festive drink-drive clampdown – with 338 failing or refusing to be testing.

The percentage of drivers found over the limit between December 1st and January 1st mirrors results from 2011 and 2010 when 8.56 per cent and 8.58 per cent, respectively, failed breathalyser tests.

The proportion of younger drivers getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol is up on recent years. Statistics show 97 of the 793 under-25s that were tested blew over the limit – compared to 9.4 per cent in 2011 and 9.7 per cent in 2010.

Nottinghamshire drink drive campaign: 135 arrested

A total of 135 motorists were arrested for being over the limit during the annual drink drive campaign in Nottinghamshire.

The campaign ran throughout December and over the New Year in which officers stopped motorists suspected of driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

A substantial number of motorists out there continue to drink and drive regardless of the consequences – risking their own lives and that of others by doing so.

As the figures show many drivers didn’t heed our warnings and are now facing a hefty fine, a lengthy driving ban and even a spell behind bars.

– Chief Inspector Andy Charlton

Lincolnshire drink drive campaign: 100 arrested

100 drivers were arrested during Lincolnshire's drink drive campaign Credit: PA

100 drivers were arrested for drink or drug related offences in Lincolnshire in December.

In the first three days of the campaign eight people were arrested and over the course of the month, an average of three drivers were arrested each day.

Nationally, 25 per cent of all road deaths involves the driver being under the influence of alcohol and 2011 saw the first increase in drink drive collisions since 2002.