Christmas drink drive campaign: Arrests drop across Cambridgeshire but rise in Fenland

FEWER Cambridgeshire motorists were found to be over the limit during the Christmas drink drive campaign - but there was a rise in the Fenland and Huntingdon area.

Police stopped more than 5,000 drivers across the county and arrested 110 people, compared with 121 arrests the previous year.

The campaign, which ran throughout December, saw arrests in the Peterborough area plummet from 52, in 2010, to 37.

Arrests in Cambridge stayed the same, on 36, but there was a rise in the Fenland and Huntingdon area, from 33, in 2010, to 37.

PC Steve Gedny, Casualty Reduction Officer, said: “While it’s encouraging to see fewer drivers arrested than last year, sadly any arrest is one too many.

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“It appears our message is getting through, but it is always disappointing to see that there are still a number of motorists who think it is acceptable to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Last year we asked for voluntary breath tests for every motorist we stopped. This year we carried out more targeted stop checks, using intelligence to target known offenders or areas with a problem.

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“This work was not just about enforcement but reminding motorists that officers are on the roads 24/7 as a deterrent to those contemplating driving under the influence.

“Although the campaign is over, our work will continue as we strive to make the roads safer.”

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