Drivers heed drink and drug message

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DRINK-DRIVING rates across the North East continue to fall, with nine out of 10 drivers passing a breathalyser test in a recent police operation.

Officers from the Northumbria force tested 837 people last month during a crackdown on drink and drug driving.

Of those, 82 people, less than ten per cent, failed or refused to take the test compared to 14 per cent during the same period last year.

Police ran the campaign in June as it can be tempting for people to have a drink at summer events and then attempt to drive.

All drivers involved in collisions were tested, while additional routine breath tests were carried out.

Acting Chief Inspector Sarah Pitt said: “We take this issue very seriously and wanted to send out a strong message to motorists to leave the car at home.

“I’m pleased to say that the message seems to be getting through. However, it’s disappointing that a small minority still decide to take that risk and we will continue to target them.”

Any motorist who fails a drink or drug test faces a minimum one-year driving ban, a fine and an increase in insurance premiums.