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Drink drivers arrested at the rate of nearly 3 a day in Cambridgeshire.

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More than 80 suspected drink and drug drivers were arrested last month as part of a force crackdown.

In December, the force supported a new national campaign by Sussex Police and Surrey Police calling on the public and friends of drink drivers to prevent, persuade and – as a last resort – report them to police over the festive period.

A total of 83 drink and drug driving related arrests were made across the county last month, compared to 69 in December 2021 – a 20 per cent increase.

At least 50 of these were charged and the majority have already been sentenced.

More than 20 motorists lost their licences after being caught drink driving or failing to provide a breath test in December.

They appeared in court and were disqualified from driving for periods ranging from one year and three months to two years.

Throughout 2022 there were 812 drink and drug driving related arrests, compared to 771 arrests in 2021 – a five per cent increase.

PC Nick Southern, Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s casualty reduction officer, said: “I hope our work has made drivers think twice about getting behind the wheel while under the influence, and we also aimed to highlight how long alcohol can remain in your system.

“Even a small amount of alcohol can affect your driving ability. If you are drinking, even if you have just one, arrange another way of getting home.

“Our officers cannot be everywhere, but they could be anywhere, so please do not gamble with your life or your future by drink driving. It is really not worth the risk.”

Officers cracked down on drivers while out on patrol and carried out roadside checks across the county, stopping more than 100 motorists.

In addition, a dedicated road policing operation took place on 23 December across the county led by officers from the Beds, Cambs and Herts (BCH) Road Policing Unit alongside local officers.

A day of action to target drink drivers the morning after was held on Saturday 17 December, funded by the Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner through the Vision Zero Partnership.

The Surrey and Sussex Police campaign asked friends to plan ahead for their night out over the festive period, urging them to consider their designated driver, pre-booking a taxi or walking to the venue.

There was also a role for persuasion – asking people to step in to help someone who is about to drink drive get home safely.

Cambridgeshire Police and Crime Commissioner Darryl Preston said: “I have seen first-hand the devastation caused by people who choose to drink and drive – they not only put their own lives at risk but also the lives of others. My message will always be clear: do not drink and drive.”

You can report a drink driver via Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s 24/7 confidential hotline: 0800 032 0845. If someone is in immediate danger, always call 999.

For more information about drink or drug driving, the law and the dangers it can cause, visit the force’s dedicated web page.

 

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