North Lancashire drink-driving results: Fewer motorists caught

Fewer people were caught drink-driving in December 2013.
Fewer people were caught drink-driving in December 2013.
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The number of people caught drink-driving on North Lancashire’s roads has fallen.

Results of the annual Christmas police campaign show that countywide, 221 motorists were caught in December - down from 281 in 2012.

In North Lancashire, 33 drivers failed or refused roadside breath tests when stopped by officers last month, compared with 47 the previous December.

Police carried out 17,400 tests throughout the month, fewer than the 18,964 conducted during the 2012 campaign.

Chief Inspector Debbie Howard said: “It is pleasing to see the number of people drink-driving on Lancashire’s roads has reduced.

“I hope that the message is getting through to people that drink-driving is extremely dangerous and the consequences are high.

“221 people caught drink driving is still too many though.

“We are not complacent and will continue to carry out regular enforcement to take action against those who continue to break the law.”

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw added: “People who choose to drink and drive are not only putting their own lives in serious danger, they are risking the lives of everyone around them.

“That is why this operation over Christmas was so important and, while I am delighted the overwhelming majority of people tested were not under the influence, it is disappointing that over 200 people in Lancashire chose to take to the road after drinking alcohol.

“They have put both themselves and others on the road at serious risk.

“High-profile operations such as this can only help spread the message further and be positive for the county’s residents.”

Police urged people who suspect someone is driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs to contact police on 101, or 999 in an emergency.