117 arrested during winter drink drive campaign

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Police have revealed 117 people were arrested for drink driving on the county’s roads during the annual winter campaign after a record number of breath tests were carried out.

The campaign ran from December 1 to January 1 saw 2,532 breath tests carried out by officers.

Of the 117 people arrested, 80 have been charged with investigations continuing on the others.

During the same period in the 2010-11 campaign 1,066 breath tests were carried out by officers and of the 95 people arrested, 60 had been charged with investigations continuing on the other.

Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said: “Although the number of drink drive arrests is up from last year, we are pleased that proportionately the number of breath tests which resulted in arrests has gone down from 8.9 per cent last year to 4.6 per cent this year. However, it is hugely disappointing to see that people are continuing to risk their lives, and the lives of others, by getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol.”