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Positive drink drive tests increase

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An image from the government's 2002 campaign which focused on the excuses people give for drinking and driving.
Hertfordshire police say the number of motorists tested positive for being over the alcohol limit rose this Christmas.

The force’s annual drink drive campaign ran from Dec 18 to Jan 2. In that period 656 drivers were asked to take a breath test with 111 people (16.9%) testing positive.

185 breath tests were carried out following accidents with 29 people (15.7%) testing positive; 74 of these accidents resulted in injuries. The remaining 471 of the 656 tests were carried out as part of the Christmas campaign with 82 people (17.4%) testing positive. Five people were arrested as a result of driving under the influence of drugs.

Acting Chief Inspector Peter Brooks from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Road Policing Department said it is disappointing that some drivers still act irresponsibly and put their own and other innocent lives at risk.

"Hertfordshire Constabulary will not tolerate drink driving and we will continue to target drunk and dangerous drivers throughout the year as part of our contribution to making the county’s roads safe", he said.

Officers say the targeted approach to drink driving, adopted over the Christmas period, proves that offenders face an increased likelihood of being caught during the festive season.

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January 7, 2003

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