Drink drive blitz: Thousands tested in South Yorkshire

Crackdown: Police have been targeting known drink-driving hotspots during a month-long campaign to snare motorists over the limit.
Crackdown: Police have been targeting known drink-driving hotspots during a month-long campaign to snare motorists over the limit.
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MORE than 160 motorists were arrested for being over the drink-driving limit last month during a crackdown which saw police targeting known hotspots.

The campaign, run by South Yorkshire Police, saw 2,763 drivers breathalysed during June – and of those, 161 tested positive, refused or failed to provide a breath sample.

The force’s Chief Inspector for Roads Policing, Stuart Walne, said he was happy with the success of the operation, and said officers will continue to use intelligence to target specific areas.

Chf Insp Walne said information can include the details of specific drivers or pubs, as well as roads with a record for accidents related to drink-driving.

“We build up a picture of where drink-driving is most likely to happen,” he said.

“Depending on what level of statistics you look at, the highest risk is in residential areas, where pedestrians come into contact with road traffic and cars.

“You’ve also got pubs in those areas, and in familiar areas drivers can tend to switch off a little as well.”

Chf Insp Walne said he was ‘disappointed’ that the number of under-25s caught drink-driving in the county had increased by 2.5 per cent from last year.

“We’ve got to make sure we get the message out not to mix drinking with driving,” he said. “We’d much rather prevent someone drink-driving than have them commit the offence and create the risk.”

Eight motorists were also arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

Nationally, figures show that across the country 88,234 tests were conducted in June.

Just over 4,850 of those tested positive, or refused or failed to provide a test.

n Anyone with information about drink or drug drivers should call 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.