Drink driving up police tests find

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THE number of people caught drink-driving in South Yorkshire in an annual festive police crackdown went up last Christmas.

Of 4,690 drivers tested in December, 239 - or just over five per cent - tested positive, refused to provide a sample, or failed to produce a specimen.

In 2010 officers tested more drivers - 7,729 - of whom 4.1 per cent were over the limit.

Of the total number of breath tests carried out last year 828 were taken following road smashes - and 10.6 per cent of those drivers were found to be over the limit or unable to provide a test.

South Yorkshire Chief Inspector for Roads Policing, Stuart Waine, said: “With over 10 per cent of collisions involving drink drivers the message could not be clearer.

“Alcohol and driving must not be mixed. Drink driving kills and has a devastating effect on families and loved ones.”

Police urged people to report drink or drug drivers by calling 101 or Crimestoppers.