DESPITE a hard-hitting campaign highlighting the dangers of drink-driving, many motorists ignored advice leading to over 100 arrests.
During the festive period, Nottinghamshire Police stopped motorists suspected of driving under the influence and also acted on tip-offs from the public.
They carried out scores of roadside breath tests resulting in 135 people arrested for being over the limit whilst being at the wheel.
“A substantial number of motorists out there continue to drink and drive regardless of the consequences – risking their own lives and that of others by doing so,” said Chief Insp Andy Charlton.
“As the figures show many drivers didn’t heed our warnings and are now facing a hefty fine, a lengthy driving ban and even a spell behind bars.”
The legal drink drive limit is 35 micrograms of alcohol in 100 milliliters of breath, and motorists can still be over the limit the morning after a night out drinking.
Nottinghamshire Police’s Drink Drive Campaign ran alongside the national Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) campaign and the Department for Transport’s THINK! campaign launched to highlight the devastating impact that driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs can have.
There were 410 alcohol-related collisions in 2011 with drink being a factor in 7.3 per cent of all collisions.
Between January and the end of October last year there were 321 alcohol-related collisions which accounts for 7 per cent of all crashes.
Chief Insp Andy Charlton continued: “Even though the festivities and New Year celebrations are over the message remains the same – the only safe number of alcoholic drinks you can consume before driving is zero.
“If you choose to drink, don’t drive.”