Drink Drive Arrests Down

8 July 2010, 17:22 | Updated: 8 July 2010, 17:25

Fewer people are drink driving in Dorset.

The police say 81 drivers failed breath tests during June, a quarter less than during the same time last year.

Of those arrested, 80 per cent were men and almost half were under the age of 30.

Officers also focused on drivers who were impaired by drugs.

Chief Inspector Bob Nichols, Head of Dorset Police’s Traffic Unit, said: "Year on year we are seeing a very positive downward trend in the drink and drug driving arrests.

"In comparison to our summer campaign three years ago, the arrest figures reduced by 46 per cent.

"Unfortunately, there is still this persistent number of drivers who have yet to take our advice on board to not get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.

"I am also very concerned about the very high percentage of young drivers who are among the motorists arrested this summer.

"Young drivers are already at higher risk because of their lack of experience and adding drink driving into the equation causes great concern."

Anyone who suspects that a vehicle is being driven by someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs should contact police immediately by dialling 999 – so that officers can intercept the vehicle.

Members of the public can also call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 or the Dorset Police non-emergency number on 01202 or 01305 22 22 22.