Christmas breath test failure rates double in Suffolk

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The percentage of people failing a breath test during Suffolk’s Christmas and New Year anti-drink drive campaign has doubled.

In Suffolk 1,980 people were breath tested during the month-long campaign of which 138, seven per cent, were over the limit..

In 2012, 2,783 tests were carried out, of which 88, 3.2 per cent, were positive.

Of 415 breath tests carried out after collisions in 2013, 58 were positive. The proportion that were positive rose from 6.6 per cent in 2012 to almost 14 per.

Police officers breathalysed anyone whose driving gave concern and everyone involved in a collision.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks of the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit said: “Despite the fact we highlight the drink drive campaign and the obvious dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, 138 people still risked their lives and the lives of others.

“Those who drink and drive need to realise their actions can have devastating consequences.

“Our commitment to target drivers affected by drink and drugs remains and checks will continue throughout the year.”

Tim Passmore, Suffolk police and crime commissioner, said: “I find it really staggering that despite the obvious dangers and the huge amount of publicity, drivers do not seem to be getting the message.”

During the campaign the Suffolk Roadsafe Partnership asked licensees to consider how they would feel if a customer was involved in a collision and encouraged them to offer free or discounted soft drinks to designated drivers.

About 20 licensed premises supported the Designated Driver Scheme during the campaign.