Drop in drink-drivers over Christmas

RESULTS of Suffolk police's Christmas drink drive campaign today indicated there had been fewer people getting behind the wheel while drunk during the festive season.

RESULTS of Suffolk police's Christmas drink drive campaign today indicated there had been fewer people getting behind the wheel while drunk during the festive season.

Since officers began their annual campaign at the beginning of last month, 2003 motorists were asked to provide a breath sample.

Ninety five (4.74 per cent) of those proved to be positive and five people refused a test.

During last year's campaign officers requested 2161 breath tests - 139 (6.43pc) of which were positive.

Chief Inspector Martin Barnes-Smith, head of Suffolk's roads policing, said: “It is pleasing that fewer people appeared to take the risk of having a drink and taking control of a motor vehicle this year and it is particularly pleasing that the total number of collisions in December 2006 (747) was substantially less than the number in 2005 (916).

“However I am still disappointed that 95 people decided to put their lives and the lives of others at risk by drinking and driving.”

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