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Drivers in Dorchester appear to be respecting the Force’s Christmas drink and drug drive campaign warnings, as a recent operation found no motorists were driving over the limit in the town.
Between 10pm on Friday 9 December and 2am on Saturday 10 December 2011, Dorchester Safer Neighbourhood Team officers and patrol officers carried out a proactive operation in support of the Force’s Christmas drink and drug drive campaign.
Officers stopped a total of 95 vehicles during the operation and carried out 14 breath tests – with no drivers found to be over the drink drive limit.
Neighbourhood Inspector for Dorchester and Sherborne, Les Fry, said: “I am very pleased with these results.
“It is encouraging to see that nobody was caught drink driving during this operation.
“The message seems to be getting across to the people of Dorchester that drinking and driving is dangerous and not worth the risk.
“My officers reported a noticeable increase in the use of taxis and designated drivers, which is excellent.
“All of the motorists stopped were very supportive of the officers’ actions and fully supported the campaign to reduce road casualties.
“However this positive experience is not reflected elsewhere, with early indications showing that arrests are significantly up across the county compared to last year.
“Dorset Police will continue delivering enhanced patrols to try to ensure that the festive season does not end in a tragedy on our roads.”
Also, during the operation, two drivers were found to be driving with no insurance and one driver was stopped due to a vehicle defect.