Drink-drive figures rise in Suffolk

The number of people driving under the influence has risen in Suffolk, figures show.

Suffolk Police's summer drink and drug-drive enforcement campaign for June 2011 reveals there was an increase of 13.3% in the number of motorists who risked their own lives and the lives of others by driving under the influence of drink or drugs, compared with data from the same campaign last year.

Of 507 motorists breathalysed in the month-long campaign, 111 (21.9%) were found to be positive.

This is against the 61 drink or drug-drivers detected out of 711 breath tests during the same campaign in June last year. This amounted to 8.6%.

Among the 507 drivers who were breathalysed this year, 114 were aged 25 years or below. Of them, 21 (18%) were found positive.

"Motorists must also be aware of how long alcohol can remain in your system. This year's figures show that a number of people have been caught on Saturday and Sunday mornings, which suggests drivers are getting behind the wheel having been drinking the night before," said Inspector Bruce Gent of the Road Policing Unit.

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