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Drink Driving on the Rise in Dorset

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10:25am 7th July 2012

More drivers have been arrested for drink driving this summer than last year.

Dorset Police say 100 drivers were arrested this June during their month-long drink and drug driving campaign, compared to 88 in 2011.

A quarter of the arrests were made after a collision, and 80 out of the 100 were men.

43 of those were aged under 30.

Chief Inspector Matt Butler, Head of Dorset Police's Traffic Unit, said: "It is really disappointing to see that drink drive arrests have increased for the second summer running. In the 12 months before the campaign started, there were four fatal road traffic collisions in Dorset that were attributed to driving or riding while under the influence of alcohol. This accounts for nearly a quarter of all fatal collisions during that time."

He added: "Collisions really do happen if you drive under the influence of alcohol. Our message, as ever, remains simple - do not risk lives by drinking and driving."

This is the first time since 2008 that the number of drivers arrested during Dorset Police's summer campaigns has risen instead of falling.

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