Drink-drive campaign successes

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A MONTH-LONG drink-drive campaign in towns bordering Wigan has been hailed a success.

Throughout June, police in Lancashire conducted thousands of breath tests on drivers all over the red rose county.

A total of 12,171 drivers took breath tests with 206 failing - 51 fewer and a reduction of 25 per cent compared to the same campaign last year.

The results also showed a reduction of 22 women and 33 men drink driving compared to 2011. In addition, for women under the age of 25, a 100% drink driving reduction rate was recorded.

Out of the 1,109 collisions that police were called to, 56 drivers failed or refused to take a breath test - six fewer than last year.

Chief Insp Debbie Howard, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “I would firstly like to thank the thousands of safe drivers who co-operated with us during this campaign. They are all a credit to responsible motoring. Overall, the results we have gathered can be considered positive. We have less drunk drivers on the roads than last year and we have seen reduction in women drink driving which was one of our major targets.

“Unfortunately, there are still some individuals who choose to drink drive, making our roads and communities less safer places to be. We continue to identify and deal with these people swiftly and robustly.”