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Drink Drive Arrests Down On Last Year


8:17am 18th December 2012

The number of drunk drivers getting behind the wheel in Dorset this Christmas has fallen - according to the latest figures.

Dorset Police has arrested 47 people so far in their annual crackdown that started on December 1st.

90 were arrested over the same time period in 2011.

Inspector Matt Butler, of the Dorset Police Traffic Unit, said: "It is encouraging to see that arrests have reduced compared to last year. However, people are still risking lives by drink driving.

"Uniform patrol officers have been working hard to target motorists suspected of driving while impaired, and hundreds of motorists have been stopped and breath tested during this campaign so far.

"Motorists who drink and drive not only risk their own lives, but they also risk the lives of other innocent road users.

"If you have a Christmas party over the coming days, then plan ahead to make sure you can get home safely without having to drive."

Dorset Police will continue to use information provided by the public to target suspected drink or drug drivers throughout the campaign.

Inspector Butler added: "I urge members of the public to dial 999 if they suspect someone is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and please be assured that your details will remain anonymous."

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