Drink-driving campaign praised after South Yorkshire convictions revealed

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More than 1,000 people were convicted of drink-driving in South Yorkshire in one year.

Newly-released Government figures for 2012 show 1,160 people were convicted in the county for driving after consuming alcohol or taking drugs.

It comes despite a new survey showing attitudes towards drink-driving have changed massively in recent decades, with 88 per cent of motorists in Yorkshire and Humberside now agreeing it is unacceptable – compared to more than 50 per cent of male drivers admitting to weekly drink-driving in 1979.

The information has been released to mark the 50th anniversary of the THINK! campaign’s first public information film.

Patrick McLoughlin, Transport Secretary, said: “The change in attitudes to drink-driving over the last 50 years is a huge success story.

“It is hard to imagine now how shocking and ground-breaking the first drink-drive campaigns were. Clearly THINK! has had a significant impact. Most of us understand drink driving wrecks lives, but there is further to go.”