Police urge drivers to stay sober over New Years

PUBLISHED: 11:00 31 December 2010

Police have arrested 132 motorists on drink-driving charges since December 1

Police have arrested 132 motorists on drink-driving charges since December 1

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POLICE are urging drivers to see in the New Year safely by avoiding booze when behind the wheel.

Avon and Somerset Police have praised drivers for heeding their warnings over the festive period, and are expecting the number of arrests for drink-driving to be at an eight-year low.

Since December 1 the police have arrested 132 motorists after running stop checks across the force area, a big reduction on the 202 drivers arrested last year, and the 329 arrested in 2002.

Chief Inspector Polly King said: “We have been extremely encouraged by this year’s drink and drug driving figures.

“Around 28,000 drivers have been stopped during the force-wide operation and have been given an advisory leaflet and fewer than 150 have been arrested.

“New Year’s Eve is potentially another drink drive hot spot period as people see in the New Year.

“People need to be aware that even if they do not drive on New Year’s Eve, that by drinking for a long period later into the night or early into New Year’s Day, they could be over the drink drive limit that morning”.

CI King also had a warning for 17-25-year-old drivers, who have formed around one third of the arrested motorists: “This year a worrying trend has continued with young drivers drinking and driving.

“There are no excuses for anyone of any age to be driving under the influence of drink or drugs. We are particularly concerned that there appears to be hardcore of new younger drivers who are being stopped for drink driving.”

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