Decrease in drink driving arrests


New figures have revealed a decrease in the number of people arrested for drink driving over the Christmas period.

Bedfordshire Police has released the results from its Christmas anti-drink-and-drug driving campaign to show the number of people arrested for driving while under the influence.

During Christmas 2012, 80 people were arrested for testing positive, refusing or failing a breath-test, which is a decrease of 11 compared with the same period the year before.

The campaign ran from December 1 2012 to January 1 2013.

Inspector Colin Bonner from the Beds and Herts Roads Policing Unit said: “It’s encouraging to see a decrease in the number of people putting themselves and others at risk by drinking and taking drugs before driving over Christmas, but while people continue to flout the law, my message to them is our work to combat this dangerous crime doesn’t stop now the festivities are over.”

Police and Crime Commissioner Olly Martins added: “This welcome fall in drink/drug-driving arrests underlines how socially unacceptable driving while impaired has become.

“Personally I have long believed there is no safe alcohol limit for driving other than zero and I am glad that this view too is increasingly taking root.

“I also support the call for members of the public to report drink drivers. Drink driving is a killer and we all have a responsibility to prevent it.”

The Bedfordshire anti-drink-driving campaign supported the national initiative by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), which ran from December 1 to January 1.