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Police hail success of drink-drive campaign

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 18, 2013

By ROB SMYTH

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ALMOST 20 per cent of motorists breathalysed as part Derbyshire police’s annual Christmas anti-drink drive campaign gave a positive test, refused to take it or failed to provide a sample.

Officers administered 391 breath tests and of those, 79 people gave a positive test, the driver refused to take the test or the driver failed to provide a sample. The campaign ran between December 1 and 31.

During the 2011 campaign, officers conducted 895 tests and of those 104 people (11 per cent) gave a positive test, the driver refused to take the test or the driver failed to provide a sample.

Chief Inspector Steve Wilson, head of roads policing, said: “The campaign this year was intelligence led and we carried out targeted breath testing where we had information to suspect drink-driving.

“This led to a higher percentage of motorists giving a positive test, refusing or failing to provide despite us carrying out fewer tests.

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  • Burton Mail  |  January 18 2013, 6:42PM

    A success would be a lower number of people providing positive results than previous years. Is a higher percentage a success or a politically motivated statement?

  • Burton Mail  |  January 18 2013, 6:21PM

    It's a little sad that this story is hailed as a success by the police with such a high percentage of those tested being positive.

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