Police charge 88 drivers with drink driving offences over Christmas

DON'T RISK IT ... a motorist is breathalysed.
DON'T RISK IT ... a motorist is breathalysed.

More than 13 per cent of motorists breathalysed during Derbyshire Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink-driving gave a positive test, refused to take it or failed to provide a sample.

The campaign ran throughout December and was a joint effort between Derbyshire Police and Crimestoppers.

Rewards were offered through the independent charity for anyone who gave information leading to the charging of a drink-driver.

From 1st to 31st December, officers carried out 668 breath tests on motorists. A total of 88 drivers were arrested.

T/Superintendent Steve Wilson, head of roads policing, said: “The increase in the number of breath tests carried out over the festive period shows just how seriously we take this issue. Even having one driver who drinks too much and then gets behind the wheel is one too many.

“We will continue with these operations to bring the number down further and our focus on stopping drink-drivers doesn’t end on 31st December.

“It carries on all year round, so I’d urge anyone who has any information on a drink-driver to call police or Crimestoppers.”