Drink-driving figures up in Hertfordshire

THE number of people caught drink-driving in Hertfordshire over the festive period has increased.

Figures released today (Thursday) revealed that 139 motorists – 11 per cent of those stopped – were arrested for failing a breath-test, or refusing to take one.

Another person was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of drugs.

In the 2009 Christmas clampdown, 113 people (10 per cent of those stopped) were arrested for drink-driving, and four for drug-driving.

Chief inspector Donna Pierce said: “It’s encouraging we have not seen a dramatic rise in the number of people putting themselves and others at risk by drinking and a decrease in the number taking drugs before driving over Christmas.


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“However, there are still a 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.”

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

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