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West Midlands Police: Drink drive arrests fall by half

The number of motorists testing positive for drink driving in December in the West Midlands Constabulary area fell by more than a half, compared with 2013.

Driver demonstrating a breath test Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Police confirmed that over 2,000 drivers were breathalysed over Christmas, with 11% over the legal limit.

The number testing positive in 2014 proved to be less than half those identified in the previous year, when 363 motorists failed roadside checks or failed to provide a test.

The recent campaign saw the force name every driver charged with drink driving as an extra deterrent.

A total of 163 drivers were charged with drink or drug driving offences across the West Midlands in December, 40 less than the previous year.

"It is never acceptable to get behind the wheel when under the influence - you pose a serious risk to others on the road, let alone yourself.

If convicted of offences it can cost people their livelihoods if they lose their licence.

Listing people’s names there makes it all the more real and if one person was deterred from taking to the road after a night out on the tiles as a result of our messages, then it is worthwhile as far as we are concerned."

– Inspector Greg Jennings, West Midlands Police

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