'Drop' for Cumbria December drink-drive crack down

Fewer motorists are drinking and driving, the initial results of Cumbria Police's December crackdown suggest.

Officers have carried out 1,690 breath tests since 1 December with 37 drivers - 2.2% - testing positive.

During December 2010, 1,641 breath tests were taken with 58 drivers testing positive, which was 3.5%.

The force said it was pleased with the drop in the proportion of positive tests but said it was concerned at the number of people still drink driving.

Insp Andy Wilkinson, of Cumbria's Roads Policing Unit, said: "It's pleasing to see a reduction in the proportion of positive breath tests so far this year, but it is still extremely worrying that a minority of road users continue to put the rest of us at risk by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

"The next few days will see parties and celebrations taking place across the county, so I am keen to remind people to plan ahead, and make sure they have transport arranged to get home safely."

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