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Christmas drink-driving figures down

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: January 13, 2014

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DRINK-DRIVING figures recently released for the Christmas period show a reduction in the number of positive tests.

Almost 15 per cent of motorists breathalysed as part Derbyshire police’s annual anti-drink drive campaign gave a positive test, refused to take it or failed to provide a sample.

Officers administered 538 breath tests and of those 79 people were either over the limit, or refused to provide a sample.

Under 25s were tested 147 times over the festive period and of those 13 per cent were positive.

This has dropped significantly in comparison to last year’s results, when almost half of the 106 under 25s tested were positive (44 per cent).

Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of Roads Policing, said: “The results this year show a five per cent drop in positive tests compared to last year and a significant drop in under 25s being over the drink-drive limit, which is reflective of the work we are doing with our partners to educate that age group.

“However, one drink-driver is too many and we will continue to target those who put themselves and other road users at risk.”

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