Teesside motorists ignore police drink-drive plea

Hundreds of drivers were breath-tested during a month-long campaign aimed at cutting the number of alcohol-related road accidents on Teesside.

Almost 5% of the 889 drivers stopped in the joint operation by the Cleveland and Durham forces either tested positive or refused to provide samples.

The June campaign included random vehicle checks in areas known for drink-related collisions.

A spokesman said 215 tests were administered to drivers under 25.

Insp Mick Little, from the Cleveland and Durham Joint Operations Unit, said: "Those who have tested positive, refused a test or failed to provide a sample will now appear before the courts.

"Alcohol can be a factor in road collisions, and can cause serious or even fatal injuries.

"We will continue our efforts during the year to ensure Cleveland's roads are as safe as possible."

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