Fewer arrests during festive drink and drug drive blitz

Drink and drug drive campaign
Drink and drug drive campaign

Leicestershire Police arrested fewer people during this year’s Christmas drink and drug drive campaign, but they have issued a New Year warning to Melton motorists still getting behind the wheel while under the influence.

A total of 67 people (including four in Melton) were arrested for drink driving and six people for drug driving during last month’s campaign.

The highest breath test reading was 137 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres, nearly four times the legal 35mcg limit.

The ages of those detained ranged from 18 to 73, including 14 who were under 25.

The previous year’s campaign saw 74 drink drivers arrested.

Jonathan Clarkson, spokesman for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership, said, “It’s encouraging to see the number of those arrested is down on last year, however it’s still the case that far too many drivers are prepared to ignore our road safety messages and risk both their lives and those of innocent road users by getting behind the wheel while unfit to drive through drink or drugs.

“Leicestershire Police patrols work around the clock, seven days a week, and they will catch you if you choose to drink or drug drive.”