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Summer drink drive campaign shows fall

Lincolnshire Police has reported a 38 per cent drop in the number of drivers charged with drink-related matters in June.

Lincolnshire Police has reported a 38 per cent drop in the number of drivers charged with drink-related matters in June.

The number of people in Lincolnshire charged with drinking and driving this summer has dropped by 38 per cent, according to police figures.

More than 50 drivers were charged with drink-related driving offences in June as part of a summer campaign, compared to more than 80 in 2013.

Lincolnshire Police launcged a new text service whereby people could tip off officers about anyone intending to drink and drive.

In total, 52 people were charged in June which is almost half the number of charges brought in 2011 when there were 102.

A spokesman for Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said: “Initial indications are that the amount of drivers charged for drink-related driving offences has dropped dramatically in the county.

“When the campaign started on June 1, a high number of arrests were made within days and concern was raised.

“However, as the campaign got fully under way, the arrest rate dropped and we have a provisional number of 52 drivers charged with those offences.

“The text service campaign proved popular with members of the public and enabled people to provide police officers with information that could rid Lincolnshire of drink drivers who blight our society and are a risk to other road users.

“Our officers will still be targeting drink drivers.”

 

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