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145 drink drive arrests so far in December, up on 2016

PUBLISHED: 16:29 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 16:29 28 December 2017

The drink driver in his role is breathalysed and arrested at the scene during the exercise on the NDR with police, fire crews and the ambulance service, showing the process and impact of drink driving. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The drink driver in his role is breathalysed and arrested at the scene during the exercise on the NDR with police, fire crews and the ambulance service, showing the process and impact of drink driving. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A senior Norfolk roads policing officer has said he is amazed that so many people still choose to drink and drive.

The number of December drink driving arrests is up on the same period in 2016. Picture: Norfolk ConstabularyThe number of December drink driving arrests is up on the same period in 2016. Picture: Norfolk Constabulary

Since the start of the Christmas campaign on December 1, Norfolk police have arrested 145 people for the offence and charged 72. A total of 29 have already appeared in court.

Insp Jon Chapman, of the Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, said: “It amazes me that people still choose to drink and drive. You make the decision to have that drink so you must face the consequences.”

The 145 people found to be over the legal limit is already an increase on last year’s figure when 117 people were arrested for drink/drug driving during December.

“It worries me to think this still goes on,” said Insp Chapman. “We have charged almost half of those arrested which shows our commitment to tackle those who break the law.”

He said police would continue to stop anyone suspected of the offence in a bid to change opinion that drink driving is acceptable.

“Many people will now be facing the reality of a New Year without a licence and I can only imagine how difficult that will be,” he said.

A police spokesman said a disqualified female driver in her 30s from King’s Lynn had given the highest reading so far.

“She gave a lower sample of 177ugs and a higher reading of 198ugs. The legal limit is less than 35ugs.”

In another incident, a driver involved in a crash on the A47 near Norwich on Tuesday was found to be nearly three times over the legal drink drive limit.

Police were called to the scene of the two-vehicle collision on a slip road at the Thickthorn Roundabout in the early hours of the morning. Sgt Chris Harris, from Norfolk Police, said one of the drivers was found to have 96mcgs of alcohol in 100 mls of breath.

He said: “It’s quite sad that people are still willing to risk their own life and the lives of others, because if you are driving while over the limit it is one of the four main factors in fatal or serious road traffic collisions.”

Drink or drug driving is one of four offences that the police collectively call the Fatal Four.

The other three Fatal Four offences are driving while using a mobile phone, speeding, and not wearing a seatbelt.

Norfolk Police is running an anti-drink and drug driving campaign to highlight the dangers over the festive period.

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