Drink-driving figures drop

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THE number of motorists caught drink-driving over the festive period has fallen, according to new police figures.

Northumbria Police carried out 1,383 drink-driving tests over the Christmas period, but recorded a drop in the numbers breaking the law.

Between December 1 and January 1, the number of tests carried out by police was up 37 per cent compared to the same period the previous year.

But the number of positive or refused tests fell from 94 to 88 – a decrease of three per cent.

Acting Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “Although it’s encouraging that an increasing majority of people who were stopped were heeding the drink-drive message, there clearly remains a number of people who still think they won’t get caught.

“Those who have failed drink- drive tests are facing a minimum of a year’s driving ban, a fine, huge increases in insurance premiums and difficulties in hiring cars.

“In many cases it can lead to them losing their job and even their home, but their actions may have had even more tragic consequences as they are putting their own and other people’s lives at risk.”

Northumbria Police’s seasonal campaign ran in tandem with the National Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) initiative.

Although the campaign has ended, officers continue to routinely carry out tests after collisions or when an officer suspects that a driver is drunk.

Acting Chief Inspector Pitt said: “As a force we will continue to enforce the law in relation to drink driving as part of our everyday business. This tough stance is not just taken at Christmas but goes on for the entire year.”