Drivers flout drink law

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DRINK and drug driving is on the rise in Suffolk with more people putting their lives and those of others at risk, say police.

Results announced by Suffolk Police for their summer enforcement campaign show an increase of 13 per cent in the number of drink and drug drivers compared with last year.

The month-long campaign began in June and saw officers carry out 507 breath tests, with 111 positive tests – 21.9 per cent.

In 2010, 61 people – 8.6 per cent – failed a roadside test after being stopped.

Insp Bruce Gent, who works in the force’s road policing unit, said: “These figures are very disappointing.

“Those offending need to realise that they are not just putting themselves at risk but other innocent road users as well. This is a very serious issue and can have severe consequences.”

Insp Gent added that drink and drug driving remained a priority for police and would not be tolerated.

Anyone who suspects someone of drink driving is asked to report the matter immediately to the police by dialling 999.