Drink-drive stats have ‘stagnated’

THE number of arrests for drink and drug driving during a Christmas crackdown rose by just three compared to last year.

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership has released the results of its festive campaign, which show that almost 4,400 drivers were stopped in December.

A total of 143 arrests were made – up by just four from last year – including five people who refused to give a sample.

John Siddle, communications manager at Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said: “We are surprised that they have stagnated. However, looking at the trend since 2004, we are seeing a slight decrease and given we see a one per cent increase of traffic each year there has been some success.”

Mr Siddle said Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership’s high-profile campaigning against drink-driving will continue.

He added: “The spectre of drink-driving is always upon us and whilst tougher sentences are one way to deal with it, education and awareness must play a part too.

“We have to look at the reasons as to why people drink and drive and if we can address these problems then we may just make the roads of Lincolnshire safer for all.”