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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.

2:42pm 29th January 2013

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