Drop in numbers of drink drivers caught during Christmas campaign

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The Christmas drink drive campaign in Bedfordshire saw a significant reduction in the number of motorists caught driving under the influence.

During December, 27 drivers were arrested in Bedfordshire, a 57 per cent reduction on the previous year’s campaign (2013).

Throughout December, the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit were out in force conducting drink and drug driving stop checks.

Chief Inspector Richard Hann said: “It is extremely encouraging to see such a significant drop in the number of drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“It is clear our message is getting out to the majority of road users. However there are still a number of motorists who continue to think it is acceptable to get behind the wheel when they are over the limit.

“While the campaign may be over we will continue to crack down on this type of crime and would urge people to continue to report those who drive while under the influence of drink or drugs.”

Motorists found to be driving while under the influence of drink or drugs face a minimum of a 12-month disqualification from driving, as well as a fine and/or imprisonment. The offence of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs now carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment and a disqualification of at least two years.