Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Drink Driving Rise
7:20am 20th January 2012
More than six people are day are caught drink driving in Cornwall and Devon.
Police are releasing their Christmas campaign figures.
216 were caught over-the-limit or on drugs behind the wheel last month, up from 157 this time last year.
A third were under 25.
Cornwall road safety officer Paula Wellings says, "There is a drinking culture in the younger people. Perhaps increasing over what we'd have expected perhaps ten or twenty years ago. So with that comes the risk that they might get behind the wheel with drugs and/or alcohol in their system".
Fewer crashes were linked to drugs and alcohol though.
There were just over 15 hundred in December.
That is down from almost two thousand in 2010.
Inspector Richard Pryce is the Roads Policing Professional Lead for the Force.
He says, "There are some mixed results from this year's campaign. Whilst we are pleased to see the drop in the number of collisions on our roads, we are disappointed with the increase in the number of positive breath tests.
"It is clearer now that educational campaigns in drink/drug driving must be directed even more at the younger driver age group. We have to get our message across. The message continues to be clear; we will not tolerate drinking and driving. It is important to press home the message to never drink and drive, a message which officers continue to instill in drivers 365 days a year".
Share This StoryTweet
John McDonnell urges Labour unity after Copeland defeat
National News: Shadow chancellor John McDonnell has urged Labour to unite losing a safe seat to the Tories, in an area held by the party since 1935.
Guess who's back? Eminem to headline Reading and Leeds festivals
Showbiz News: Hip-hop veteran Eminem has been confirmed to headline the UK's twin festivals Reading and Leeds this summer.
'Biggest ever' antivenom dose saves boy bitten by funnel-web spider in Australia
World News: A 10-year-old boy is lucky to be alive after surviving being bitten by one of the world's deadliest spiders.
Ranieri defied 5,000-1 odds - but it wasn't enough for Leicester
Sports News: In Monte Carlo last week, Usain Bolt attempted the greatest sporting selfie of all time at the star-studded Laureus Awards.
Ancient microbes found trapped in crystals in Mexican cave system
Strange News: A population of microbes that are tens of thousands of years old has been discovered in a place called Hell.