Over 160 drink-drivers arrested in a month

ON THE RISE ... a motorist being given a breath test by police.
ON THE RISE ... a motorist being given a breath test by police.

POLICE targeted known drink-driving hotspots in South Yorkshire - and made 161 arrests!

As part of a campaign by South Yorkshire Police during June, 2,763 drivers were breathalysed. A total of 5.8 per cent of them tested positive, or refused or failed to provide a breath test. During the same period eight drivers were arrested for being under the influence of drugs.

Nationally, drink drive figures for the June 2012 Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) campaign show that across the country 88,234 tests were conducted of which 4,857 tested positive, were refused or failed to provide a breath test.

South Yorkshire Chief Inspector for Roads Policing, Stuart Walne said: “By focusing on information on where drink driving is occurring we have arrested a higher proportion of offenders than in previous campaigns.

“Although the publicised campaign has finished we will continue targeting specific locations, dates and offenders, and wherever drink driving is found we will prosecute.

“I’d like to thank not only my colleagues for their efforts throughout June but also the majority of the public for playing their part in making our roads safe - it really makes a difference.”

If you know someone that regularly drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.