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Number of drink drivers in East Lancashire rockets

MORE than three times as many people were caught drink driving in Burnley, Pendle and Rossendale during a Christmas crackdown than the previous year, new figures show.

The increase saw 50 people failing or refusing the test in December 2012, compared to 14 drivers the previous year.

The rise is partially explained by a significant rise in the number of tests administered.

Last month 2,485 drivers were stopped and tested in the three boroughs, up from 1,568 during the equivalent period in 2011.

The annual crackdown on drink driving saw high-profile enforcement activity take place around the clock across the county.

Supt Richard Morgan said: “This year we have tested more drivers than ever. The number of people caught drink driving or refusing to provide a specimen has increased, which is indicative of our approach to better targeting of offenders.

“However it does highlight that perhaps some motorists are becoming complacent and taking chances. Last year 280 people were killed across the country in accidents where the driver was over the limit. If you drink and drive you risk killing an innocent person or yourself. It is really that simple.”

During the latest campaign, 2.7 per cent of under 25s tested failed or refused the test.

Supt Morgan added: “Of the 281 people that tested positive or refused to provide a specimen, 79 or 34.6 per cent, were under the age of 25.

“We have been working closely with this age group to educate them on the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This has included visits to colleges and universities. We will continue with this work in a bid to get the message across that drink driving is simply unacceptable.”

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11:45am Thu 17 Jan 13

trevhd says...

some people have more money to spend on drink than sense , should be banned from driving for 3 years and take the test again .
some people have more money to spend on drink than sense , should be banned from driving for 3 years and take the test again . trevhd
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12:11pm Thu 17 Jan 13

Ex-Darrener says...

That heading is a surprise. I thought drink drivers were more likely to be in cars than rockets.
That heading is a surprise. I thought drink drivers were more likely to be in cars than rockets. Ex-Darrener
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12:43pm Thu 17 Jan 13

useyourhead says...

Ex-Darrener wrote:
That heading is a surprise. I thought drink drivers were more likely to be in cars than rockets.
I wonder what the offence code is for that haha!
[quote][p][bold]Ex-Darrener[/bold] wrote: That heading is a surprise. I thought drink drivers were more likely to be in cars than rockets.[/p][/quote]I wonder what the offence code is for that haha! useyourhead
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12:55pm Thu 17 Jan 13

AndyW says...

It's a disgraceful offence and shows a complete lack of regard for other road users' safety.

How often do we hear of a young family being wiped out due to some idiot's need to get bladdered and then jump behind the wheel.

The punishment should be greater.
If you drink and drive, you deserve everything/anything coming to you.
It's a disgraceful offence and shows a complete lack of regard for other road users' safety. How often do we hear of a young family being wiped out due to some idiot's need to get bladdered and then jump behind the wheel. The punishment should be greater. If you drink and drive, you deserve everything/anything coming to you. AndyW
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1:11pm Thu 17 Jan 13

hasslem hasslem says...

Drink Driving is simply wrong - no excuse.

I know three people that were stopped the morning after - each were under the limit and fine. Would like to know if the police stopped more drivers first thing this christmas versus last.

I suspect loads of people do not drink drive on a night out, but think they are fine to drive to work or drop the kids off next day.......this may explain the increase in number of charges.
Drink Driving is simply wrong - no excuse. I know three people that were stopped the morning after - each were under the limit and fine. Would like to know if the police stopped more drivers first thing this christmas versus last. I suspect loads of people do not drink drive on a night out, but think they are fine to drive to work or drop the kids off next day.......this may explain the increase in number of charges. hasslem hasslem
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