Drink-driving numbers drop

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THE number of people caught drink-driving or driving whilst under the influence of drugs in Lancashire has fallen again, following the police’s summer campaign.

Between June 1 and June 30, 13,032 tests were administered, with just 1.9 per cent of people testing positive or refusing to provide a specimen. This compares to 2.4 per cent for the same period last year.

The annual crackdown saw high-profile enforcement activity across the county.

There were checkpoints at key locations where police tested drivers.

Supt Peter O’Dwyer said: “It is reassuring to know that the message is getting through to most people, and that attitudes towards drink-driving are changing.

“There does remain a disproportionate number of people in the under-25 category failing or refusing a test – the failure and refusal rate for under 25s was 6.1 per cent, compared to a failure rate of 1.5 per cent for over 25s.”

See The Visitor (03-08-11) for full story.