Nottingham

Crash drink-driving arrests in Nottinghamshire rise

Drink-driving arrests in Nottinghamshire have fallen, although the number involved in accidents has risen, according to police figures.

The results for June, which saw the start of the force's summer drink-driving campaign, showed 102 people were arrested from 1,115 tests.

Of these, 38 arrests followed 391 tests after crashes, a rate of 9.7%.

This compares to 117 arrests from 988 tests 12 months ago, with 8.25% of arrests for tests after collisions.

Aggressive testing

In June 2010, 33 people were arrested for positive results out of 400 tested after accidents.

Police said they did not believe the actual rate of drink-driving had fallen.

Head of Roads Policing, Ch Insp Andy Charlton, said: "The crucial statistic is the proportion of positive breath tests given by motorists involved in collisions. This year that figure had increased to slightly under 10 per cent, which shows us that drink-driving has not gone away.

"It remains a problem and its consequences are evident, sometimes tragically resulting in deaths on our roads, and that is why we shall continue testing aggressively throughout the year."

Full year figures for 2010 showed 14,000 drivers were tested with 1,483 being arrested.

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