Making South Yorkshire Safer

4,690 motorists tested for drink driving during December

Jan 20 2012

As part of a campaign by South Yorkshire Police targeting known drink-driving hotspots during December, 4,690 drivers were breathalysed and of those 239 (5.1 per cent) tested positive, or refused or failed to provide a breath test.

Of the total number of breath tests carried out, 828 of the tests followed a collision on the road and from these 10.6 per cent were recorded as being over the drink drive limit or unable to provide a breath test.


Nationally, drink and drug drive figures for the December 2011 Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) campaign showed that across the country 157,000 tests were conducted and more than 7,200 were arrested.


Throughout December, South Yorkshire Police followed an intelligence led approach to the campaign, specifically targeting areas with a known record of drink driving. The police enforcement was supported by a local campaign raising awareness of drink driving, irresponsible drinking and key safety messages relating to alcohol. The ‘Shaken and Slurred’ campaign appeared across the county and included a range of advertising methods such as local radio and bus-side advertising in addition to online advertising via Facebook and messaging in cinemas across the county.


South Yorkshire Chief Inspector for Roads Policing, Stuart Walne said: “With over 10% of collisions involving drink drivers the message couldn’t be clearer, alcohol and driving must not be mixed. Drink driving kills and has a devastating effect on families and loved ones.


“South Yorkshire Police are serious about keeping people safe from drink drivers. I'd like to thank my colleagues for their diligent work and the public for the support to the campaign and helping us with information of those who selfishly continue to drink and drive.


“If you know someone that regularly drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol I would urge you to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111”.

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