Fewer caught drink driving in Cambridgeshire this Christmas
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The Christmas drink drive campaign in Cambridgeshire saw a significant reduction in the number of motorists caught driving under the influence.
During December 75 drivers were arrested in Cambridgeshire, a 22% reduction on the previous year’s campaign (2013).
Throughout December, the Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit were out in force conducting drink and drug driving stop checks.
Inspector Mark Rogers said: “It is extremely encouraging to see such a significant drop in the number of drivers caught driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“It is clear our message is getting out to the majority of road users. However, there are still a number of motorists who continue to think it is acceptable to get behind the wheel when they are over the limit.
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“And while the campaign may be over our work to trace those people does not, as we strive to make the roads a safer place.”
Motorists found to be driving while under the influence of drink or drugs face a minimum of a 12-month driving ban, as well as a fine and/or imprisonment.
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The offence of causing death by careless driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs now carries a maximum penalty of 14 years’ imprisonment and a disqualification of at least two years.
The county’s anti-drink-driving campaign supported the national initiative by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) which also runs from December 1 to January 1.