Police Stop Record Numbers During Christmas Drink Drive Campaign

PUBLISHED: 09:14 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 11:11 04 May 2010

A RECORD number of motorists were stopped during the Christmas drink drive campaign.

Officers stopped more than 15,000 motorists, 5,000 more than last year and arrested 123 people, compared to 102 arrests the previous year (2008).

The Christmas campaign r

A RECORD number of motorists were stopped during the Christmas drink drive campaign.

Officers stopped more than 15,000 motorists, 5,000 more than last year and arrested 123 people, compared to 102 arrests the previous year (2008).

The Christmas campaign ran from December 1 until December 31, with 1,500 motorists being stopped on New Year's Eve.

PC Tony Barrios, Casualty Reduction Officer, said: "As always it is disappointing to see that there are still a number of motorists who think it is acceptable to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs.

"This year we carried out more stop checks than ever before, using intelligence to target known offenders or areas with a problem. As a result 5,000 more motorists were stopped this year and we have seen a slight increase in the number of arrests.

"This work was not just about enforcement but reminding motorists that officers are on the roads 24/7 as a deterrent to those contemplating driving under the influence.

"Although the campaign is over our work will continue as we strive to make the roads safer.

"Those motorists who continue to break the law may think they are safe to drive but they are mistaken. Each time someone gets behind the wheel and drives under the influence they are not only risking their own life but also the lives of others.

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