Police ‘ not surprised’ at rise in amount of festive drink drivers
New figures show that more motorists in Peterborough were arrested for drinking and driving overChristmasthanfor the same time last year.
Police launched a monthlong crack down on drink drivingonDecember1, totryandreduce the number of motorists caught above the legal drinkdrive limit during the Christmas period.
The campaign i ncluded roadside tests across the county, with a large number taking place in Peterborough. But in December in Peterborough 53 drivers werecaught, compared to 37 the previous year.
Across Cambridgeshire officers stopped 15,946 motorists and arrested 102 people between December 1 and December 31, compared to 110 arrests in 2011.
PCSteveGedny, casualty re- duction officer for Cambridge police, said: “This Christmas campaign officers stopped more than three times as many motorists comparedtotheyear before and stop checks were concentrated in urban areas so it is no surprise to see the number of people failing tests rise. We hope this sends out a clear message that driving under the influence will not be tolerated.”