Festive drink-drive campaign

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Almost 15 per cent of motorists breathalysed as part of Derbyshire police’s annual Christmas drink-drive campaign gave a positive test, refused to take it or failed to provide a sample.

The campaign ran throughout December, with officers administering 538 breath tests and of those, 79 people (almost 15 per cent) gave a positive test, the driver refused to take the test or the driver failed to provide a sample. Under 25s were tested 147 times with 13 per cent giving positive tests, refusing or failing to provide - compared to 2012 when almost half of the 106 under 25s tested were positive.

Forty people called Crimestoppers to report a drink-driver anonymously and no-one has yet applied for the £1,000 reward.

Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of roads policing, said: “The results show a five per cent drop in positive tests compared to last year and a significant drop in under 25s being over the limit, which is reflective of the work we are doing with our partners to educate that age group. However, one drink-driver is too many and we will continue to target those who put themselves and other road users at risk.”