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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Cumbria's Christmas drink-drive figures released

The proportion of drivers failing breath tests in Cumbria’s Christmas drink-drive campaign rose, new figures reveal.

A total of 73 people tested positive or failed or refused to provide a test between December 1 2013 and New Year’s Day, with 12 being carried out after road crashes.

The 73 equated to 3.2 per cent of the 2,275 people breath tested across the county over the course of the month.

Of those, 1,945 were roadside checks carried out by police as part of the annual campaign and 330 followed crashes on the roads.

In 2012, 82 people failed breath tests or were unable to provide one for police. Twenty-four of them were discovered after there had been a collision. The proportion of positive results was 2.9 per cent of the 2,865 drivers tested over a month.

The figures have been released by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

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