Hull region’s winter drink-drive percentage is up

Published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 by The News Editor

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The percentage of motorists failing or refusing drink-drive tests in and around Hull has risen this winter, according to new figures.

Humberside Police reports that the proportion has increased to 16% in the year just gone from 14% in 2014.

The force’s two-month-long Winter Drink Drive Campaign ran from the start of November to the beginning of January.

Officers carried out nearly 100 positive tests from 1,641 motorists pulled over.

The campaign also saw Humberside Police use routine mouth swab tests for the first winter to test for traces of drugs.

Seventeen of the 28 motorists tested failed tests for cannabis or cocaine or both.

Maxine Teasdale, Humberside’s roads policing inspector, said: “Drinking or taking drugs when driving is unacceptable at any time of the year and our efforts to catch offenders will not stop.

“The penalties are significant and if the worst happened and someone died as a result of drink/drug driving, the driver would be facing a prison sentence. It is just not worth the risk.”

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Published: Wednesday 27th January 2016 by The News Editor

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