Cumbria police welcome drop in festive drink-drive rate

Police in Cumbria have welcomed a drop in the rate of motorists testing positive for drinking and driving.

The force's annual festive campaign saw 3,345 breath tests carried out between 1 December and 1 January, with 88 (2.6%) testing positive.

In December 2010, 1,641 breath tests were taken, with 58 (3.5%) providing positive results.

Cumbria Police said it was "pleased" with the figures but pledged to continue roadside breath tests.

'Risking lives'

Insp Andy Wilkinson said: "We are pleased to have seen a reduction in the percentage of positive breath tests.

"But it is still quite shocking that there are so many people who continue to ignore the law and risk the lives of other road users by drinking and driving.

"We will continue to crack down on those who are intent on driving under the influence of alcohol.

"Everyone should take responsibility for road safety by reminding friends and family to drive safely and by reporting anyone they know to be drink-driving to police immediately."

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