Car insurance: Drink driving still rife over Christmas

Monday, 08 January 2007

Despite national high-profile campaigns drink driving continued over the festive period, according to recent figures.

Being caught driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol could lead to a significant fine as well as pushing up future car insurance costs. However, recent figures from the Derbyshire police reveal many motorists are still willing to break the law despite the possible consequences.

A police crackdown conducted in the region from December 1st to January 1st resulted in 138 motorists providing positive breath tests out of a total of 2,968 who were stopped and breathalysed, reports the Sheffield Star.

Chief inspector Paul Berry, Derbyshire roads policing unit, said the force were "massively disappointed" with the number of motorists still willing to drink and drive and urged people to contact the police if they are aware someone is breaking the law.

He added: "It may only be a small minority that are flouting the law but it seems there are still people out there who will risk their lives and the lives of others by drink or drug driving.

"We have maintained an intelligence-led approach where we've tried to target people who routinely drink drive or where we've received information."

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