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Arrests Fall During Christmas Drink Drive Campaign In Dorset


10:08am 8th January 2013

The number of people arrested during this year's Christmas drink and drug driving campaign in Dorset has fallen.

Police say the anti-drink drive message seems to be getting across.

The December Campaign involved increased traffic patrols, road side checks and every driver involved in an accident was breath tested.

100 people were arrested - compared to 133 the year before - which is a reduction of 25%.

79 of them were men and over half were aged between 25 and 50.

Traffic Sergeant Joe Pardey told Wessex FM: "It is encouraging to see that the number of drivers risking their lives, and the lives of other road users, by choosing to drink and drive over the festive season has reduced.

"Most of the motorists stopped were very supportive of the officers' actions and fully supported the campaign to reduce road casualties."

Sergeant Pardey continued: "The message seems to be getting across to the people of Dorset that drinking and driving is dangerous and just not worth the risk.

"However, I'd continue to encourage members of the public to contact us if they suspect someone is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol so we can take action."

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