Hundreds of Lancashire drivers caught over the drink limit at Christmas

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Hundreds of Lancashire drivers caught over the drink limit at Christmas Hundreds of Lancashire drivers caught over the drink limit at Christmas

MORE than 200 people were caught drink driving in Lancashire during the Christmas period.

A total of 17,400 tests were administered throughout the month of December, with 202 people failing the test and 19 people refusing to provide a specimen.

During the police’s Christmas drink drive campaign, 18,964 tests were administered with 281 people failing the test or refusing to provide a specimen.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard said: “It is pleasing to see the number of people drink driving on Lancashire’s roads has reduced.

“I hope that the message is getting through to people that drink driving is extremely dangerous and the consequences are high.

“A total of 221 people caught drink driving is still too many though.

“We are not complacent and will continue to carry out regular enforcement to take action against those who continue to break the law.”

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw said: “People who choose to drink and drive are not only putting their own lives in serious danger, they are risking the lives of everyone around them.

"The evidence is clear that you're many times more likely to cause a crash if you're over the limit than a driver who hasn't been drinking.”

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1:14pm Mon 27 Jan 14

hasslem hasslem says...

that's 1.3% of those tested were over the limit or refused to give a sample. it is, of course, 1.3% too high - but let's not set the hares racing thinking its out of control in east lancs.

personally got no problem with coppers doing random tests throughout the year. maybe that would catch or deter (or both) those that continue to pollute our roads with their vile habit.
that's 1.3% of those tested were over the limit or refused to give a sample. it is, of course, 1.3% too high - but let's not set the hares racing thinking its out of control in east lancs. personally got no problem with coppers doing random tests throughout the year. maybe that would catch or deter (or both) those that continue to pollute our roads with their vile habit. hasslem hasslem
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6:15pm Mon 27 Jan 14

mrcool says...

If we changed the headline to "taxi drivers" the comments from the resident racists would be in their hundreds. Yet, as the culprits in this crime are more than likely to be non-asian, not one eyebrow is raised eh?
If we changed the headline to "taxi drivers" the comments from the resident racists would be in their hundreds. Yet, as the culprits in this crime are more than likely to be non-asian, not one eyebrow is raised eh? mrcool
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10:30pm Mon 27 Jan 14

noddy57 says...

every drunk driver on the road is one too many,,the penalty is not stiff enough, it should carry an immediate jail sentence and for repeat offenders the sentence should doubled each time they are caught,
every drunk driver on the road is one too many,,the penalty is not stiff enough, it should carry an immediate jail sentence and for repeat offenders the sentence should doubled each time they are caught, noddy57
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