Drink-drive arrests in Hertfordshire down

THE number of people caught drink-driving in Hertfordshire during the annual Christmas clampdown has slightly fallen.

In figures released today (Thursday), 113 people – 10 per cent of those stopped – were arrested for failing or refusing to take a breath test.

A further four were arrested for driving while under the influence of drugs.

Compared to the 2008 Christmas campaign, 167 people – 11 per cent of those stopped – were arrested for drink-driving, with six arrests for drug-driving.

Chief inspector Donna Pierce said: “It’s encouraging we’ve seen fewer people putting themselves and others at risk by drinking or taking drugs before driving over Christmas.

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“However, there are still a small number of people who continue to flout the law, and my message to them is, our work to combat this dangerous crime doesn’t stop now the festivities are over.

“Drink-driving is an issue that the force will continue to tackle on a daily basis all across the county.”

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She added: “There’s no excuse for drink-driving.”

The drink-driving campaign ran from December 1 to January 1.

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