DERBYSHIRE police have slammed the rise in drink-drivers during its annual Christmas campaign.
During the anti-drink drive effort throughout December, officers administered 656 breath tests - with 17.5 per centgiving a positive test, refusing to take the test or failing to provide a sample, a rise of more than six per cent.
Chief Insp Steve Wilson said he was disappointed that so many people failed breath tests.
He added: “I am dismayed that so many people disregarded police advice and flouted the law by drink-driving and posing a risk to other road users.
“Some people may feel that it is not a serious offence.
“But just ask those who go on to lose their licences, get a criminal conviction and possibly lose their jobs how serious an offence it is.
“Our campaign was very much intelligence-led, allowing us to target drivers who persistently drink-drive rather than conducting mass-testing.
“We received 10 pieces of information from Crimestoppers about drink-drivers and several people contacted police directly to pass on details of drivers they believed were drinking before getting behind the wheel.
“I want to thank everyone who came forward with information and I hope these figures show that we take drink-driving seriously.”
Throughout December, the Derby and Derbyshire Road Safety Partnership encouraged people not to drink and drive. Adverts highlighting the dangers of drink driving featured in newspapers, on the radio and in pubs.