Po­lice ‘ not sur­prised’ at rise in amount of fes­tive drink drivers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Paulstainton -

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.”

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