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Motorists praised as Norfolk police announces its summer drink drive campaign results

14:30 12 July 2012

Norfolk Constabulary vehicle.

Norfolk Constabulary vehicle.

Archant Norfolk Photographic © 2011

Motorists have today been praised after it emerged just 2pc of people who were breath tested during a month-long drink drive campaign were found to be over the limit.

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The month-long Don’t be a Loser campaign, advertised in local media and on buses, began on June 1 with officers conducting 2038 breath tests countywide during that time.

Of the 36 people who failed a breath test 72pc were found to be over the age of 25 (26) and the remaining 10 under 25.

Iain Temperton, chair of Think! Norfolk’s road safety publicity group, said: “It is good to see that most drivers have a sensible approach to this issue; it is just as encouraging to note that those who choose to break the law and gamble with their own and other peoples safety have been dealt with by effective Roads Policing.”

Inspector David Ball, from Norfolk Constabulary’s road policing unit, praised the results - but issued a warning to those who choose to drink and drive.

He said: “These are pleasing results. It is clear that the vast majority of drivers on our roads are fully aware of the dangers of drink driving and will not risk the lives of themselves and others.

“We will, of course, continue to do our utmost to put before the courts those who are foolish enough to continue to do so.”

Think! Norfolk is made up of the county council, police, fire service, Norfolk Safety Camera Partnership, East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust and the Highways Agency.

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