Festive drink-drive arrests rise by 50% in Dorset

The number of people arrested during Dorset Police's Christmas drinking and driving campaign increased by almost 50% compared with the previous year.

Officers arrested 133 drivers between 1 December and 1 January, a 48% increase on the 2010 campaign, in which 90 motorists were arrested.

Arrests for drinking and driving in December had previously decreased year-on-year in Dorset since 2006.

A Dorset Police spokesman described the increase as "disappointing".

Traffic Inspector Matt Butler said: "It is extremely disappointing that so many drivers risked their lives, and the lives of other road users, by choosing to drink and drive over the festive season.

"It is particularly concerning to see that the number of young drivers arrested during the campaign is so high. Of all the drivers arrested during the campaign, 43% were under the age of 30."

Four of the 18 fatalities that occurred on Dorset's roads over the past year were drink or drug-driving related, police said.

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