Police launch drink drive campaign
More than 3,300 drivers were breath tested in Suffolk and Norfolk during the Christmas drink drive campaign - with 9% failing in Suffolk and 6.3% in Norfolk.
Between 1 December 2015 and 1 January 2016, 3,349 drivers were tested with 262 drivers providing positive readings in total for both counties.
"You have to ask yourself, is that extra pint or glass of wine really worth increasing the risk of causing a serious collision or even death?"
The campaign was carried out by officers from Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Unit including the newly formed Road Casualty Reduction Team, who stopped motorcycles, cars, van and lorries where concerns were raised over the manner of driving or the condition of the vehicle, and tested anyone involved in a collision.
In Suffolk 1,920 tests were carried out with 172 drivers failing the test and in Norfolk 1,429 tests were carried out with 90 drivers failing.
Inspector Julian Ditcham of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing Unit said: “The results show that it is the minority of drivers that were found to be drink driving in both Suffolk and Norfolk. But this is still too many and the percentage testing positive is higher than last year which is disappointing.
“You have to ask yourself, is that extra pint or glass of wine really worth increasing the risk of causing a serious collision or even death? How would you live with yourself afterwards knowing the consequences of your actions? What effect would it have on your life and family?”
Last year during the month long crackdown 4,647 drivers were tested with 188 motorists providing positive readings.