Concerns about scale of drink driving across Notts after 29 arrested in one week
Fears over the scale of drink or drug driving across Notts have been raised, after 29 people were arrested just one week into a festive crackdown.
Notts Police launched their annual December Drink and Drug Drive campaign last Saturday, December 1.
Chief Inspector Andy Charlton said: “It is extremely disappointing to see that the message doesn’t seem to be getting through and people are still risking getting behind the wheel while over the limit.
“We have arrested a relatively high number of people in the first week of the campaign and it is concerning to think that the scale of this issue is even greater than we thought.
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“It is clear more motorists are willing to take risks with their own safety and that of others. Campaigns are usually an effective way of getting the message across, but the arrests so far show that some people who live in or who travel through Nottinghamshire are simply not heeding our warnings.”
Officers will be stopping any motorist suspected to be drink or drug driving and carrying out breath tests.
Police are urging the public to shop a drink driver and have said any information received will be followed up.
The legal drink drive limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath, although many people don’t realise they may still be over the limit the morning after a night out drinking.
Last year 11,895 motorists in Nottinghamshire were breath tested with 1,242 people blowing positive for alcohol or refusing to take a test.
In December alone 1,833 tests were carried out across the county with 123 being recorded as positive.
There were also 410 alcohol-related collisions in 2011 with drink being a factor in 7.3% of all collisions.
Between January and the end of October this year there were 321 alcohol-related collisions which accounts for 7% of all crashes.
Chief Inspector Andy Charlton said: “The message is clear - the only safe number of alcoholic drinks you can consume before driving is zero. If you choose to drink, don’t drive.”