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Christmas drink-drive figures down a bit

Friday, 15th January 2010.

This Christmas saw a reduction in the number of people drink-driving in Suffolk, although an average of three people were caught every day.

The results of Suffolk Police’s Christmas drink-drive campaign for 2009 show a decrease of 1.3 per cent when compared to the figures from the same campaign in 2008.

The month-long campaign began on December 1 and saw officers countywide conduct 1,416 breath tests.

Of those tests, 95 were positive (6.7 per cent), averaging three motorists caught every day during the campaign.

This compares with December 2008 when eight per cent of those breath-tested were positive.

A total of 4.4 per cent of under 25-year-olds provided a positive breath test compared with 7.1 per cent aged 25-44, 3.2 per cent of those aged 45-64 and 7.5 per cent of over 65s.

Furthermore, 489 of the total breath tests were conducted following a road traffic collision, of which 26 gave a positive reading, equating to
5.3 per cent.

Chief Insp Mike Bacon of the roads policing unit said: “Obviously it is encouraging that the overall percentage of those drink driving has reduced. However, these statistics are still too high and there is no room for complacency.

“Those offending need to realise the implications of what they are doing, not just for their own sake but for the sake of the other
innocent road users they are putting at risk.

“We are determined to continue to clamp down on those who drink drive and will take action against anyone committing an offence. The message
is simple - if you drink, don’t drive.”

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

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