Drink Driving Falls In Cambs

20 January 2011, 06:00

Fewer drivers were caught drink-driving in Cambridgeshire over the festive period, compared to the year before.

That's even though officers stopped and breathalysed a record number of motorists.

6,547 drivers were stopped and tested throughout December last year, compared to 1,301 during the same period in 2009.

121 people were found to be driving under the influence of alcohol, two fewer than in 2009.

52 of the people were in the Peterborough area, 33 in the Huntingdonshire and Fenland area and 36 were in the Cambridge area.

PC Tony Barrios, casualty reduction officer, said: "It's encouraging to see that despite the large increase in the number of motorists breathalysed we have seen a reduction in arrests.

Sadly, any arrest is one too many and the fact that 121 people were caught driving over the influence is unacceptable.

These motorists may think they are safe to drive but they are mistaken.

Each time someone gets behind the wheel and drives under the influence they are not only risking their own life but also the lives of others."