Drink driving ‘scourge’ disappoints police boss

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A POLICE chief has spoken of his disappointment after witnessing a rise in the number of people he claims are willing to “dice with death” by drinking and driving.

Ch Insp Ady Dawson of Suffolk Police said he had been left disappointed by figures from the latest Christmas drink-drive campaign, which showed an increase in the number of people arrested for drink driving.

During the month-long campaign, which began on December 1, 102 motorists out of 1,118 tested failed a roadside breath test – a rise of 2.4 per cent over the same period last year.

Ch Insp Dawson said: “We set out to eradicate this scourge from society, but we can only do so much.

“We’re truly disappointed in the attitude shown by a significant number of people, who don’t seem to care about risking their lives, their jobs and social embarrassment.

“We will not tolerate drink or drug driving and we will continue to pursue these criminals throughout the year.”

The campaign found that the worst offending group was men aged over 25, with 11.1 per cent of those tested over the drink-drive limit.

“These people are not above the law and they will be prosecuted,” added Ch Insp Dawson. “Drink driving ruins lives all year round.”

Anyone who suspects someone of drink driving is asked to report them immediately to the police or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.