Mixed results from drink drive campaigns in the region

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Police forces have mixed feelings over the results of their December drink driving campaigns.

In Lincolnshire there was a drop in the number of arrests made compared to the same time last year but in Leicestershire and Rutland, the number of people caught driving under the influence of alcohol increased.

During December 3,530 drivers were stopped on Lincolnshire’s roads and asked to take a breath test. Out of those drivers, 117 people were arrested – 3.3 per cent. In December, 2012, the force stopped 3,095 drivers and arrested 100 - 3.5 per cent of them.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Police said: “Drink and drug driving continues to blight the people of Lincolnshire, year on year. We are committed to carrying out roadside testing all year round as well as peak times of the year to rid the roads of drivers that drive whilst unfit to do so.”

Leicestershire Police arrested 108 people during December, three of whom were in Rutland, compared to 95 in 2012, including two people stopped in Rutland.

Chief Insp Chris Brown said: “The only positive thing we can take from the campaign this year is that a number of members of the public called us to report someone they suspected was drinking and driving.”

Police in Cambridgeshire arrested 96 drivers, compared to 120 in December 2011 and Northamptonshire Police arrested 91 people.