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Fall In Number of Dorset Drink Drivers Arrested


11:38am 23rd January 2015
(Updated 11:52am 23rd January 2015)

Drink drivers in Dorset are facing the consequences of their actions after Dorset Police's Christmas drink and drug driver campaign.

35 people were charged during the campaign, which ran between 1st December and 1st of January but the number of arrests made fell to 88 compared to 108 from the year before.

Inspector Matt Butler, of Dorset Police's Traffic Unit, said: "This campaign saw officers targeting known suspected drink drivers following information handed to us by the public.
"I am disappointed that there are still some motorists in Dorset who clearly think they are above the law and are willing to risk getting behind the wheel or on their bike after drinking.
"There are many consequences of drink-driving. You risk being caught by the police, appearing in court and losing your licence. You risk being involved in a collision which could result in serious or even fatal injuries."

"You also put innocent lives at risk."

A total of 1086 breath tests were carried out by officers during the Christmas campaign and if someone tests positive they face a minimum 12 month driving ban, a criminal record, up to six months in prison and a fine of up to £5,000.

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