Drink driving worse in Spring

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Drink-drive toll is rising

THE number of motorists caught drinking and driving in South Yorkshire is higher in March than at Christmas, new figures have revealed.

In March 2009 - the most recent figures available - the number of drivers over the legal alcohol limit or refusing to be breath tested was 17 per cent, compared to five per cent in December 2009.

Traditionally police mount annual drink drive campaigns at Christmas when it is thought more motorists will be out drinking.

Early morning patrols are also carried out to target motorists who are still over the limit from the night before.

Home Office figures showed there were 47,000 breath tests carried out in March and April 2009 and 17 per cent of drivers failed.

In December 2009 there were 189,935 breath tests carried out in South Yorkshire - but only five per cent of drivers failed.

In 2009, the four police forces with the highest number of tests per population were North Wales, Dyfed-Powys, Gwent, and South Yorkshire.