Stats dismay Suffolk police boss

A SENIOR police officer has expressed his disappointment at the number of people caught drink driving over Christmas.

Figures released by Suffolk Police show that during the four-week campaign, 111 motorists out of 1,638 stopped were arrested for driving with excess alcohol, a total of 6.8 per cent.

Despite this result representing a drop from last year when 102 breath tests from 1,118 conducted – nine per cent – proved positive, an average of more than three drivers everyday were still caught over the drink-drive limit.

Chief Inspector Adrian Dawson, of Suffolk Police, said that motorists were continuing to “dice with death” and risk everything by driving under the influence of alcohol.

“This year has seen a decrease in the number over the drink-drive limit,” he said.

“However, nearly seven per cent of people we have stopped have failed to act with consideration or acknowledge the greatly-increased risks they face by drink driving.

“Those offending need to realise that they are not just putting themselves at risk but other innocent road users as well.”

The campaign found that the worst offending group was those aged under 25, with 6.4 per cent failing a breath test.

A further 447 of the total breath tests were conducted following a road accident, of which 31 gave a positive reading.