More than 100 drink-drivers arrested during festive crackdown in Suffolk

Police release festive drink-drive figures

Police release festive drink-drive figures - Credit: Archant

More than 100 drivers could lose their licences, and in some cases their livelihoods, after being arrested during the festive drink-drive crackdown in Suffolk.

Police today said a total of 2,190 motorists were breathalysed between December 1 and January 1, with 109 of them (5%) providing positive readings.

The percentage of positive tests decreased from the same period in 2013 when 138 (7%) out of 1,980 people tested were found to be over the legal alcohol limit.

After the publication of this year’s figures Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit, said: “The number of tests carried out in comparison to the positive readings shows it is still a minority of people who take risks by drinking and driving.

“Drivers thought to be under the influence of drink are stopped and tested all year round but the seasonal campaigns give us the opportunity to highlight the dangers associated with getting behind the wheel while over the limit and the consequences of being caught.

“It is always disappointing to see people ignoring the message; I still find it surprising to find people taking such risks with their own safety as well as the lives of others.

“People caught drink driving will not only have a criminal record but will almost certainly lose their licence and means not only will you lose your licence but you may even lose your job. In the most serious cases the consequences of your actions could cause serious injury or even death. The risk simply isn’t worth it.”

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Ch Insp Spinks thanked the media - including the Ipswich Star which runs an annual anti-drink-drive campaign, Crimestoppers, and partner agencies for supporting the crackdown and helping to spread road safety messages.

In Norfolk 2,457 tests were carried out with 79 people failing the breathalyser during December.

Anyone who wishes to urgently report a drink-driver should telephone 999.