Thirteen an unlucky number for festive drink drivers

PUBLISHED: 19:37 21 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:51 06 May 2010

THIRTEEN was an unlucky number for drivers arrested for driving while under the influence of drink or drugs in the St Albans district over Christmas and the New Year. During the police campaign which ran from December 1 to January 1, more than 90 people w

THIRTEEN was an unlucky number for drivers arrested for driving while under the influence of drink or drugs in the St Albans district over Christmas and the New Year.

During the police campaign which ran from December 1 to January 1, more than 90 people were breathalysed in the district with 13 testing positive.

This means that 14 per cent of all those stopped were positive or failed to provide a specimen of breath which compares to 11 per cent countywide when 167 were arrested from a total of almost 1,500 breathalysed.

Last year's campaign saw just over seven per cent of those stopped arrested.

Chief Inspector Donna Pierce from the Strategic Roads Policing Unit said: "It's disappointing that a number of people continue to think it's acceptable to drink or take drugs before getting in charge of a vehicle.

"I'd urge those people to consider the risks of their actions - not only to their own safety and the safety of law-abiding road users, but the risk of losing their licence, their job and their livelihood."

A police spokesperson speculated that one reason the figures might be up on last year could be due to more accurate targeting of potential offenders by officers.

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