August 8, 2011 4.20 pm This story is over 147 months old

Decrease in county drug and drink offences

Think: Despite Lincolnshire’s lower drink and drug driving offences, police are still being vigilant, and want residents’ help.

The amount of drink and drug driving offences in Lincolnshire has decreased slightly over the past year.

Over the past year Lincolnshire Police administered 1,273 breathalyser tests, but only 66 (about 5.2 percent) came back positive.

The year before, 1,639 tests were administered and 87 (5.3 percent) proved positive.

This compares well against the national figures, which have risen by eight percent.

Chief Inspector Kieran English said: “It is pleasing to see that here in Lincolnshire we are bucking the national upward trend in drink and drug driving figures.

“This slight decrease in the percentage of negative tests demonstrates our continued commitment, in conjunction with the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, to educating drivers across the county about the dangers of driving under the influence of drink and drugs.

“Despite these positive results, we are not complacent and we are determined to drive the figures down even further.

“We are appealing for the public’s help to achieve this.

“Please call us if you have any suspicions about anyone you know who may be driving under the influence of drink and drugs. We will take prompt and robust action.

“I would like to thank all our staff for their professionalism and commitment in protecting the public and making the county’s roads safer for all to use.”

To contact the police with any information on dring or drug drivers, call 0300 111 0300 or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Source: Lincolnshire Police