Kent

Kent festive drink-drive arrests down

A total of 211 people were arrested for drinking and driving in Kent over Christmas and New Year - 11 fewer than the same period last year.

Kent Police said one man, aged 47 and from Thanet, was found to be more than five times over the legal limit when he was stopped in Minster on 2 December.

Magistrates later banned him from driving for 29 months and ordered him to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work.

He was also ordered to have treatment for alcohol dependency.

Targeted approach

Sgt Hannah Brown said: "Fortunately nobody was killed or injured as a result of this particular incident.

"But it's regrettable that he and some other motorists choose to ignore our constant messages about the dangers they pose to themselves and others by drink driving."

Police carried out 681 breath tests from 1 December 2012 to 1 January 2013.

Last year, 1126 breath tests were carried out, with 222 people arrested and in 2010/2011, 1122 people were breath tested, with 211 arrested.

A spokeswoman said that this year officers took a more targeted approach, concentrating on areas and times of day when people were more likely to be drinking and driving, such as at night or in the early morning.

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