Fall in festive drink drivers

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DRINK-DRIVE figures out this week reveal a drop in the number of motorists caught under the influence while behind the wheel.

Derbyshire police released the results of their Christmas anti-drink drive campaign which ran between December 1 and 31.

The campaign saw officers conducted 895 breath tests on drivers across the county.

Out of those, 104 people (11 per cent) gave a positive test, the driver refused to take the test or the driver failed to provide a sample.

In 2010, officers conducted 656 tests and of those 105 people (16 per cent) gave a positive test, the driver refused to take the test or the driver failed to provide a sample.

During the campaign Crimestoppers offered a reward of up to £1,000 to anyone who called the charity to report a drink-driver if the information lead to an arrest and charge.

Twenty-eight people called Crimestoppers although every caller declined the offer of a reward. Ten people called the charity during the 2010 campaign.

Chf Insp Steve Wilson, head of roads policing, said: “The campaign this year was around raising awareness of the issue of drink-driving, especially around our involvement with Crimestoppers.

“It was about trying to dissuade people from drink-driving by letting them know that any one could report them, even if they just wanted to do it anonymously.

“It’s pleasing to see that even in these difficult times, the people who rang Crimestoppers were not interested in a reward.

“They felt they had a moral obligation to make the call.”

In the early hours of Christmas Eve, police received a call that a Land Rover had rolled over at Oakerside, Oker, Matlock, damaging several parked cars.

The 20-year-old driver was later charged with drink-driving an on December 15.

julia.rodgerson@derbyshiretimes.co.uk

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