Police catch 135 drink drivers over the festive period

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MORE than 130 motorists were arrested for drink driving in Nottinghamshire over the festive period.

Throughout December and over the New Year, officers stopped motorists suspected of driving while under the influence.

Scores of roadside breath tests were carried out and information from the public was followed up, with a total of 135 people arrested for being over the limit while at the wheel.

Chf Insp Andy Charlton said: “A substantial number of motorists out there continue to drink and drive regardless of the consequences – risking their own lives and that of others by doing so.

“As the figures show many drivers didn’t heed our warnings and are now facing a hefty fine, a lengthy driving ban and even a spell behind bars.”

The legal drink drive limit is 35mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, and motorists can still be over the limit the morning after a night out drinking.

Nottinghamshire Police’s Drink Drive Campaign ran alongside the national Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) campaign and the Department for Transport’s THINK! campaign launched to highlight the devastating impact that driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have.

There were 410 alcohol-related collisions in 2011 with drink being a factor in 7.3 per cent of all collisions.

Between January and the end of October last year there were 321 alcohol-related collisions which accounts for 7 per cent of all crashes.

Chf Insp Charlton added: “Even though the festivities and New Year celebrations are over the message remains the same – the only safe number of alcoholic drinks you can consume before driving is zero. If you choose to drink, don’t drive.”