Drink drive fight success

Police operation around Central Drive.
Police operation around Central Drive.
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A POLICE drink drive campaign has seen a reduction in the number of motorists over the limit when behind the wheel.

Officers carried out thousands of breath tests on drivers across the county last month.

In total, 12,171 drivers took breath tests with 206 failing – 51 fewer failures and a reduction of 25 per cent compared to the same campaign last year.

The results also showed a reduction of 22 women and 33 men drink driving compared to 2011.

For women under the age of 25, a 100 per cent drink driving reduction rate was recorded during the campaign.

Out of the 1,109 collisions which police in Lancashire were called to during the month, 56 people failed or refused to take a breath test – six fewer than last year.


Chief Insp Debbie Howard, of the road policing unit, said: “Overall, the results we have gathered can be considered positive.

“We have fewer drunk drivers on the roads than last year and we have seen a reduction in women drink driving which was one of our major targets.

“Unfortunately, there are still some who choose to drink drive, making our roads and communities less safer places to be.

“We continue to identify and deal with these people swiftly and robustly.

“Offenders also need to realise the personal consequences of their actions – it is quite common for someone to lose their job or career because they are over the limit.

“I would like to thank the thousands of safe drivers who co-operated with us during this campaign.”