71 drink-drivers arrested during winter campaign in Lincolnshire

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The national statistics for the Christmas Drink and Drug Campaign have been released, revealing that 71 drivers were arrested in Lincolnshire last month for driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Lincolnshire officers administered 1233 breath tests where the driver had not been involved in a collision, and a further 407 where drivers had been involved in collisions.

Of the total 1640 tests throughout December, 71 drivers were arrested for providing a positive breath test or for failing to provide a test. The same period last year resulted in 117 people arrested.

The average number of breath tests given each month is about 1100, so there was a significant increase in the number administered in December but with fewer arrests.

John Siddle, from the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said: “The Partnership decided on a data-led approach this year which enabled the direct targeting of suspected drink-drivers.

“The fact that 181 texts were received demonstrates the enormous public support for what we were trying to do - encouraging members of the public to anonymously pass information easily (and for free) to the police, to rid Lincolnshire of drink drivers.

“All in all we were satisfied with our efforts, delighted with the public response but very disappointed that 71 drivers saw fit to risk the lives of others and their own livelihoods by drinking and driving.”

The Christmas statistics compare with the Summer campaign which was held throughout the month of June 2014. During that month, 732 drivers were breath-tested and 70 failed the test or refused and were arrested.