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65 People Charged In Christmas Drink Drive Campaign


6:51am 17th January 2014
(Updated 7:05am 17th January 2014)

A third more drivers were breathalysed during Dorset Police's Christmas Drink Drive campaign then the year before, with 108 people arrested.

A total of 1,472 hundred breath tests were carried out by Dorset Police during December last year compared with 1,107 in 2012.

103 tests were positive,  just two more then the year before.

65 people aged between 18 and 75 were charged with drink driving and out of those 16 were women.

And as a new twist they all had their names released to Wessex FM and other local media.

Sergeant Nikki Burt, of Dorset Police's Traffic Unit, said: "There are numerous possible consequences of drink driving. Not only do you risk being caught by the police and appearing in court, there is also an increased risk of being involved in a collision which could result in serious or even fatal injuries.

"There are still some drivers in Dorset who are not getting the message that drinking and driving is dangerous and is not worth the risk.

"Drink driving will not be tolerated in Dorset and officers will continue to target those motorists who think they are above the law and pose threats to the safety of themselves and other road users by getting behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol.

"Research has shown that even one drink can impair the ability to drive so please don't get behind the wheel after drinking any alcohol at all and do not get into a car with a driver who you suspect has consumed alcohol."

Sergeant Burt continued: "I would like to thank those members of the public who called us to shop a drink driver. I'd continue to urge anyone who suspects someone is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol to call us so we can take action."   
Dorset Police say if you suspect someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, dial 999 immediately so police can intercept or call 101 or Crimestoppers with non-urgent information.

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