Keep up to date with the latest news delivered direct to your Inbox.
Fewer People Caught In Drink Driving
2:42pm 29th January 2013
Fewer people were caught drink driving in Cornwall and Devon over Christmas.
Latest statistics from police show 252 people they checked during the crackdown either failed or refused breath tests.
That adds up to 11.8 percent of all motorists, which is a three percent drop on the figures for 2011.
But officers insist the number of people testing positive are still far too high.
Inspector Richard Pryce, from Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "We want to see dramatic reductions in the actual numbers of people who are sat behind the wheel whilst they are impaired. We need to redouble our efforts, we need to make sure that we think of new and perhaps more innovative ways of getting the message across.
"Alot of it is down to personal responsibility. Many of the people that we detected would have absolutely known, without question, that they were over the drink drive limit when they got behind the wheel, and yet they chose to do so. They chose to get in the vehicle and drive it."
As part of a crackdown over Christmas 2012, police issued a hard hitting video of a pub landlord who was struck by a drink-driver, leaving him with serious injuries.
Over the festive period in 2012, 2,134 breath tests were carried out, of which 252 were positive, refused or failed to provide.
That includes one 23 year-old man who was three times the drink drive limit at six o clock in the morning, and a woman who was three and a half times the limit at six o clock in the evening.
During the same period in 2011, a total of 1,527 breath tests were administered, of which 216 were positive, refused or failed to provide.
Share This StoryTweet
BREAKING: Pensioner Dies After Crash With Parked Car
Cornwall News: He was taken to hospital after it happened in Pendeen
Brexit Secretary David Davis won £1,000 on EU referendum bet
National News: Brexit Secretary David Davis has revealed he won £1,000 betting that the UK would leave the European Union.
Business Cornwall News - Friday, 18th December 2015
Business Cornwall News: Cornwall is spearheading reform of the Uk’s business licensing laws following a a year-long project.
Bollywood actor Salman Khan cleared of gun charge over hunting trip
Showbiz News: Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been cleared of using unlicensed arms while hunting for rare blackbuck antelopes 18 years ago.
Donald Trump claims in interview he 'doesn't like' using Twitter
World News: Donald Trump, who has made headlines with his rants at critics on Twitter, has said he does not like using the social media platform.
Chelsea handed council backing for stadium development
Sports News: Hammersmith & Fulham Council has unanimously approved planning permission for Chelsea to redevelop Stamford Bridge.
'Where's Wally' fugitive hands himself in to police live on Facebook
Strange News: A man who changed his Facebook profile picture to Where's Wally as he was being pursued by police has handed himself in, live on social media.