Drink drive rate falls in Cambridgeshire

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Thursday 10.50am: The number of people drink driving through December in Cambridgeshire fell in 2014 compared to 2013.

During December 75 drivers were arrested in Cambridgeshire, a 22 per cent reduction on the previous year’s campaign, when 96 were arrested.

Throughout December, the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire 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.

“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 disqualification from driving, as well as a fine and/or imprisonment. 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.