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Thursday, 18 December 2014

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More than 2,200 tested in Cumbria police drink-drive campaign

More than 2,200 drivers were stopped and breath tested by police as part of a crackdown on drink-driving.

Michelle Skeer photo
Michelle Skeer

The campaign was launched at the end of November and aimed to target drivers over the festive period.

Police stepped up their presence and patrols around the county’s pubs and spoke to landlords and customers about the dangers of drink- driving.

In total 2,275 drivers had their breath tested with 73 blowing positive.

Officers also launched an operation in October to crack down on driving offences on the A66 east of Penrith.

They recorded 87 offences, of which 74 were people using their mobile phones while driving. Figures also showed that crime levels in December were lower than last year after a rise earlier in the year.

Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “There’s a feeling of success on that operation, and early indications suggest it has had an effect on the roads in December.”

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