Drink-drive figures down

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DRINK-DRIVING appears to be on the decline across the region.

Northumbria Police have revealed statistics from their festive campaign to target drink driving, which show a reduction in positive tests.

A total of 1,383 tests were carried out between December 1 and January 1, up from 1,012 during the same period in 2009, but the number of positive or refused tests fell from 94 the previous year to 88.

Acting Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: Although it’s encouraging that an increasing majority of people who were stopped were heeding the drink drive message, there clearly remains a number of people who still think they won’t get caught.”

Officers will continue to routinely carry out tests following collisions or when they suspect a driver is drunk.