A Freedom of Information Request has sown that Dorset Police are making fewer arrests for drink driving that in precious years.
The figures have revealed that in 2010, Dorset Police made 1,047 arrests for drink driving but in 2015 that figure had fallen to 779.
In a response to the figures, Dorset Police have attributed the fall to campaigns and a heightened awareness of the consequences of drink driving.
Despite the fall in arrests for Dorset, there are still many calls to reduce the drink driving limit for England and Wales.
Martyn Underhill, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset has already asked the government “to stop playing Russian roulette with people’s lives” and change the law.
The Local Government Association (“LGA”) is also applying pressure for the blood alcohol level to be reduced to 50mg of alcohol on 100ml of blood, a move it says could save 170 lives in the first year.
Mr Underhill said: “Without justification or clear rationale, the drink drive limit in England and Wales remains out of kilter with European standards.
“With the Maltese announcing their intention to cut the drink-drive limit by a third, we will soon have the highest drink drive threshold in Europe. In spite of many calls for the limit to be reduced, the government remains unmoved on the issue.”
Inspector Matt Butler, from the Alliance Roads Policing department, said: “Our efforts to tackle drink driving in Dorset have included pro-active targeting of offenders, high visibility patrols and road checks to deter offenders and management of drivers suspected of drink driving under the Operation Dragoon initiative.
“We also release details of offenders who are brought to justice for drink driving to act as a further deterrent.
“Dorset Police is keen to encourage members of the public to contact 999 if they see a person they believe to be driving under the influence of alcohol.
“We have been involved in a number of multi-agency campaigns with our emergency service partners and have been actively raising awareness through both traditional and social media.
“The force also involves victims and family members whose lives have been devastated by the impact of drink driving to help raise awareness and our active education programme involves regular presentations for businesses and other establishments.”
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