Disappointment over drink-drive rise

SUFFOLK police have expressed their disappointment after a summer crackdown on drink and drug driving showed no improvement on last year.The month-long enforcement campaign, which began on June 1, saw an increase of 0.

SUFFOLK police have expressed their disappointment after a summer crackdown on drink and drug driving showed no improvement on last year.

The month-long enforcement campaign, which began on June 1, saw an increase of 0.2 per cent in the number of positive tests, compared to the figures for 2009.

Officers across Suffolk conducted 711 breath-tests, 61 of them positive - equating to 8.6 per cent.

That's up on the 77 positives - 8.4per cent - from 919 tests 12 months ago.


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Chief Insp Adrian Dawson said: 'It may only be a small increase in relation to last year but it is an increase nonetheless and it is always disappointing to see. Nearly nine percent of people we have stopped have failed to act with consideration or acknowledge the greatly increased risks they face by drink driving.

'Those offending need to realise that they not just putting themselves at risk but other innocent road users as well. This is a very serious issue and can have severe consequences.

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Of the 711 tests carried out during June, 199 of them were conducted on those aged 25 years and under. Twenty four of these were positive (12 per cent). Of the 512 drivers over 25 tested, 37 tested positive (7.2per cent).

Some 266 of the tests were routine breath-tests conducted on drivers involved in road traffic collisions. A total of 17 were over the limit (6.4 per cent)

Chief Insp Dawson added: 'Anybody convicted of drink driving will have a criminal record and could receive a prison sentence of up to 10 years, they could be banned from driving, fined heavily and even lose their jobs. Not to mention the possible loss of life.

'We want everyone to know that Suffolk Police will not tolerate drink or drug driving and we will continue to carry out checks throughout the year.'

Anyone who suspects someone of drink driving should report them immediately to the police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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