1,500 drivers tested in drink-drive crackdown

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MORE than 1,500 drivers in the region were breathalysed as part of a month-long crackdown on drink driving.

Northumbria Police tested a total of 1,532 motorists between Saturday December 1, 2012, and New Year’s Day.

Of those who were stopped, 94 drivers either tested positive or failed to provide a specimen for analysis.

Chief Inspector Peter Reeve, from Northumbria Police’s Operations Command, said: “It’s disappointing there was still a minority who chose to risk their lives and others, by getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol.

“With this in mind, we’ll continue to target those we suspect of drink driving.”

During the campaign all drivers involved in crashes were tested.

Officers are urging anybody who suspects someone to be drink driving to contact the police.