Record number of breath tests by cops

A RECORD number of breath tests were carried out during Nottinghamshire police’s biggest ever campaign to stop motorists driving under the influence of drink and drugs over Christmas and New Year.

A total of 3,501 tests were carried out between 1st December and 1st January, an increase of 691 compared to the previous year.

A total of 145 people were arrested after they were found to be either over the legal limit or failed to provide a sample, compared to 191 arrests during December 2009.

In 2010 the force breath-tested more than 14,100 drivers – 648 more than in 2009, which was the previous highest total ever.

But Chf Insp Andy Charlton said: “We would need to see many years of consistent reductions to tell us the problem is really reducing.”

Anyone who suspects drink driving should ring 999 in an emergency or 0300 300 99 99.