Police catch 79 in festive drive

ALMOST 80 motorists failed a breath test, refused to take a test or refused to give a sample during Derbyshire police’s Christmas drink-drive campaign.

Officers administered 391 breath tests during the campaign, which ran throughout December, with 79 people (almost 20 per cent) providing a positive test or refusing to take the test or provide a sample.

During the 2011 campaign, officers conducted 895 tests and of those, 104 people (11 per cent) gave a positive test, refused to take the test or refused to provide a sample.

This year the force worked with Crimestoppers, who offered a reward of up to £1,000 to anyone who called the charity to report a drink-driver if the information led to an arrest and charge.

During this year’s campaign 27 people rang Crimestoppers to report a drink-driver anonymously.

Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of roads policing, said: “The campaign this year was intelligence led and we carried out targeted breath testing where we had information to suspect drink-driving. This led to a higher percentage of motorists giving a positive test, refusing or failing to provide despite us carrying out fewer tests.

“The results demonstrate the worth of community information in helping us to target specific individuals posing a risk to other road users without inconveniencing law abiding motorists.

“We continue to work with Crimestoppers to dissuade people from drink-driving by letting them know that anyone could report them; even a friend or relative.”