Cumbria Police have reported that their recent crackdown on drink driving and drug driving has resulted in some 43 arrests.
The crackdown period was set for June 2016.
During June some 327 drivers were tested for drink driving or and or drug driving across the county of Cumbria.
136 of those county wide tests came about because of a road traffic accident. Out of that number some 18 drivers tested positive for either drink driving or drug driving.
Over the same period last year there were some 501 breath tests carried out which resulted in 41 arrests.
The 2016 campaign by Cumbria Police has been seen as an intelligence led crackdown. The police has stated that this is the reason for a higher arrest rate.
Inspector Jo Fawcett stated: “Results like this are always disappointing as it shows that motorists continue to gamble their own or other road user’s lives by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“Any amount of alcohol or drugs can affect a motorist’s ability to drive safely. Our advice to all motorists is that if you’re planning on driving a vehicle, do not drink any alcohol or take drugs.
“Different amounts of alcohol or drugs can have different effects due to a wide range of variables.
“The fact that 18 people were found to be over the limit following a collision is alarming.
“If people continue to drive while they have alcohol or drugs in their system it will only be a matter of time before we are dealing with the fatal consequences.
“As a force we will continue to target drink and drug drivers as part of our work to make Cumbria’s roads safer.”
Chris Broadbent of the Cumbria Road safety Partnership added: “This is a vital campaign which we support every year that aims to stop people from driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“The results provide evidence that there are people who continue to risk lives by acting irresponsibly. As a road safety partnership we will continue to tackle this issue and aim to make the county’s roads safer.”
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