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RESULT ON ROADS; Drink drive drop.

Byline: SIMON WALTON

CLEVELAND Police today welcomed the results of a summer drink drive campaign with fewer positive breath-tests than last year.

The crackdown ran throughout June and saw 79 people either test positive for excess alcohol or refuse or fail to take a breath test.

The figure was down on last year's total of 97, however, the force carried out 19% fewer tests this year.

Police also recorded 18 less collisions on Teesside's roads than during the same campaign last year. The blitz was part of the national Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) drink and drug driving campaign.

It included random stop checks of vehicles, breath-testing any driver committing a traffic offence or involved in a collision and any motorist suspected of drinking alcohol.

Overall, 912 people were breath-tested on Teesside compared with 1,125 last year.

Acting Inspector Gary Hatton, head of the Cleveland Police Roads Policing Unit, said: "Whilst we are pleased with the results, we realise that there is still a hardcore of offenders out there who persist, despite all the warnings, in driving intoxicated and we will continue to do everything possible to prevent tragedies on our roads because of these offenders."

In North Yorkshire 64 positive tests were recorded in June.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jul 31, 2009
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