The numbers of drink drivers caught over the Christmas period has reduced from previous years – despite almost 4,000 cars being stopped.
During the Christmas Drink Drive campaign 3948 cars were stopped by both the States and Honorary Police with 114 drivers being asked to provide samples of breath at the roadside.
Of these only two drivers were over the prescribed limit and have been charged and one person is awaiting the results of a blood test.
At the start of the campaign officers warned drivers that drinking intoxicants was a major cause of death and injury on the roads. Consuming alcohol and then driving clearly increases the likelihood of being involved in a collision and two out of the three arrested were in road traffic collisions, highlighting the danger and unacceptable risk that drink driving presents.
One of the drivers arrested was more than two times over the prescribed limit.
However, the number of those prosecuted over the campaign period has fallen considerably from previous years, in 2014, 12 people were prosecuted, falling to 9 prosecuted in 2015, when 2,280 cars were stopped.
Inspector Sara Garwood said: “While the latest figures are encouraging it still represents far too many people drinking and getting behind the wheel, especially considering the anti-social nature of the offence and the efforts undertaken in highlighting the risks.
“At the start of this campaign we asked for the public’s help in providing information on those who choose to drink and drive, putting as all at risk. We would like to thank them for their support in providing us with information, and also for the positive feedback when being stopped in the many road checks.”
In 2017 both the States Police and our Honorary colleagues will continue to target drink driving, and ask that people continue to provide information on those that put us all at risk by calling officers on 612612 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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