113 motorists caught drink driving over Christmas

PUBLISHED: 09:56 17 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:19 26 October 2009

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ONE in 14 drivers stopped during the Christmas drink-drive clampdown in Hertfordshire was over the limit. Police have today released the results from the campaign, which ran from December 1 until New Year s Day. A total of 1,582 drivers were breathalysed

ONE in 14 drivers stopped during the Christmas drink-drive clampdown in Hertfordshire was over the limit.

Police have today released the results from the campaign, which ran from December 1 until New Year's Day.

A total of 1,582 drivers were breathalysed of which 113 were positive, refused or failed (7.14 per cent).

This compares to last year, when 2,429 drivers had breath tests, of which 170 tested positive (7 per cent).

This year fewer drivers were tested as a result of more targeted stops, but the percentage of positive tests remains around the same.

Chief inspector Nigel Brown from the strategic road policing unit said: "The percentage of positive breath tests in the Christmas anti-drink drive campaign has been reducing year on year and appears to have now stabilised at a relatively low level.

"However, a minority of people continue to flout the law and risk their own and other's lives by drinking and driving.

"It's important to remember that drink driving is not just an issue around Christmas.

"We carry out regular proactive operations to ensure it is tackled throughout the year, and to send a very clear message that drink-driving will not be tolerated in Hertfordshire regardless of what month it is."

If you are found to be driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs you can face:

* A minimum of a 12-month disqualification, 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 2 years.

The legal alcohol limit for driving is 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood but there is no failsafe guide to the amount of alcohol that a driver can safely consume.

The amount and type of alcoholic drink, the weight, sex and metabolism of the driver all play a part.

But any amount of alcohol affects driving ability. A motorist's ability to judge speed and distance may be impaired, their reaction times may be slowed and their judgement of risk seriously affected.

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