Dorset drink-drive drop due to weather, police reveal

A drink-driving campaign has led to 90 arrests as part of a crackdown.

The figures, which have just been released, show that 943 breath tests were carried out across Dorset from 1 December to 1 January.

Almost 40% of those arrested were men under the age of 30 and one third were aged under 25.

Police said figures were lower than in previous years due to harsh driving conditions throughout the month, which saw fewer motorists take to the roads.

Last year 103 people were arrested as part of the campaign.

Road ban

New figures show all but 15 of the 90 people arrested were men.

The youngest person to be arrested was 17 and the oldest was 73.

Ch Insp Bob Nichols, of Dorset Police, said: "The number of breath tests carried out over the campaign is lower than in previous years due to the treacherous winter driving conditions in December that saw fewer motorists take to the roads.

"However, these figures show that a minority of drivers are still willing to risk their lives, and the lives of other innocent motorists, by choosing to drink and drive."

Anyone caught drink driving faces a 12-month ban and up to six months in prison.

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