Six per cent over the limit

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A TOTAL of 1,595 South Yorkshire motorists were breathalysed by police last month in a crackdown on drink driving.

Of all the drivers tested, 99 - just over six per cent - were found to be over the limit or refused to provide a sample.

The initiative was part of a national crackdown run by the Association of Chief Police Officers to reduce the number of people killed and injured on the roads by drink drivers. Nationally there were 88,629 tests conducted and 5,373 motorists failed.

South Yorkshire’s Chief Inspector for Roads Policing, Stuart Walne, said: “Running an intelligence led initiative means that whilst the total number of breath tests carried out has reduced in comparison to previous initiatives, the percentage of people caught drink driving has actually increased compared to the figures from last summer.

“The increased percentage of arrests shows we are serious about keeping people safe from drink drivers.

“No-one wants to have a police officer knocking on their door to tell them someone they care about has been killed as a result of something so easy to avoid.”

He added: “If you know someone that regularly drives under the influence of drugs or alcohol I would urge you to contact South Yorkshire Police.”

n Call 0114 2202020.