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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".

7:20am 20th January 2012

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