South Yorkshire summer drink drivers increase

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The number of drink drivers caught in South Yorshire has risen this summer, bucking the national trend.

The warning came as the results of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ summer campaign to tackle drink and drug driving were revealed.

The campaign, carried out during June, was aimed at under 25s and day-time drinkers attending barbecues or weekend events. Nationally the percentage of those failing breath or drug tests has fallen, despite officers carrying out around 18,000 more tests compared with the previous year.

However in South Yorkshire, the number of those caught over the alcohol limit has risen.

Officers breath tested 1,509 people - 118 of whom were positive and arrested. This is a rise from 5.2 per cent at the Christmas campaign to 7.8 per cent. In the under 25s category, more than ten per cent failed – an increase of 2.6 per cent.

Four further motorists were arrested after officers carried out Field Impairment Tests (FIT) for drugs.

Said Acting Sergeant Anthony Tankard, from the Force’s Roads Policing Team said: “It’s disappointing that despite ongoing, high-profile campaigns, people still choose to put themselves and others at risk through selfish actions, that some people are convinced they won’t be caught and misguidedly believe it’s ok to drive when they’ve had drink or drugs.

“Nationally and locally we need to reinforce the message that if you drink or drug drive you risk being caught by police and the consequences can be severe not only for yourself, but for your family.“There’s every likelihood that the offender will go to prison, lose their job or home. The consequences go far beyond just losing a licence.”