Kent

Kent drink-drive figures down again

Kent Police say their seasonal drink-drive campaign is continuing to pay off, after a slight fall in breath-test failures for a second successive year.

They arrested 170 people for failing the roadside tests or refusing to take one - 22% of those asked to co-operate - between 1 December and 1 January.

Over the corresponding period in 2013 the figure was 183 (23%) from the same number of tests and it was 31% in 2012.

Inspector Martin Stevens said: "The message is getting through."

Kent Police ran a high-profile campaign during the run-up to Christmas, in line with forces all over the country.

They used social media to highlight arrests in an attempt to deter others from driving after drinking or using drugs.

The number of road accidents during the month also decreased - from 1,187 in 2013 to 1,150 last month.

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