Peter Walsh, Crime correspondent
Monday, January 13, 2014
Fewer than two percent of drivers breath tested over the Christmas period in Norfolk were over the limit, according to figures released today by police.
Officers from the Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit led the operation to carry out testing across the county between 1 December 2013 and 1 January 2014, as part of the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) and European Traffic Police Network (TISPOL) month and week of action. This was complimented by the Think! Norfolk Road Safety Partnership’s Why Wouldn’t You campaign, getting motorists to stop and think about their driving behaviour and ask themselves the question “Why Wouldn’t You Drive Sober?”
Of the 3567 drivers breathalysed, 66 tested positive – 11 of those drivers were under 25.
Officers tested drivers involved in road traffic collisions, as well as those whose vehicles were faulty, those committing other driving offences or whose driving behaviour caused concern. Of the 441 people breath tested following collisions, nine tested positive.
Head of the Norfolk and Suffolk RPFOU, Chief Inspector Chris Spinks said: “It is always pleasing when the vast majority of people have taken heed of our message – but equally it is disappointing that a few have ignored it and put themselves and others at risk. I would find it very interesting to hear what each person convicted of drinking and driving over Christmas answered to the question “Why wouldn’t you drive sober?” They clearly did not stop and think before getting into their vehicle, or thought they could risk getting behind the wheel, and that their actions will affect their lives going forward.
“Along with our partners we will continue to educate people about the dangers of drinking and driving, as well as using a mobile phone whilst driving, not wearing seatbelts and speeding – all these behaviours put you at greater risk of being killed or seriously injured on our roads which we patrol every day to keep them safe.”
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