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Lincolnshire drink driving campaign charges fall by over a third

The number of drivers charged during Lincolnshire Police’s summer drink and drug driving campaign has dropped by more than a third.

The campaign, which launched on June 1, came to a close at the end of the month with 52 drivers charged.

During the summer 2013 campaign, a total of 84 people were charged with driving under the influence. In 2012, 89 people were charged and in 2011, 102 people were charged.

Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership said that although it is a significant reduction, 52 is “still too high, and there is more work to be done”.

This year, Lincolnshire Police launched a text service, and asked members of the public to provide officers with information about potential drivers under the influence of drink or drugs.

In the first 10 days, 29 text messages were received to report drink drivers and by the middle of the month 52 texts had been received with a total of 145 texts by the close of the campaign.

The text service is no longer available. Users will receive an automated answer directing them to 999, 101 or Crimestoppers, should they send a text.

Officers are currently conduction an evaluation of how many arrests were made and public feedback.