Drink drive campaign leads to 120 arrests

OVER 100 drivers were arrested during the first month of Derbyshire Police’s summer drink drive campaign.

In June, 460 drivers were stopped and tested with 120 testing positive, refusing or failing a breath test, an increase of nine arrests compared to last year.

However, the number of drivers under the age of 25 who failed dropped significantly. In June 2011, 178 drivers under 25 were stopped with 71 testing positive, refusing or failing. This year that figure fell to 51 despite the number of tests on under 25s increasing to 198.

Head of Roads Policing, Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, said: “Whilst I am disappointed that the number of drivers failing breath tests has gone up, the reduction in positive tests for younger drivers, one of our priority groups, is pleasing. Our message as ever remains simple – don’t risk lives by drinking and driving.”

The campaign, which supports the national crackdown co-ordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), involves officers carrying out checks on roadsides to tackle those drivers who think they can drink or take drugs and then get behind a wheel.

It will run until the end of August. Anyone with information about a drink driver should contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.