Campaign sees 71 arrested

Leicestershire Police's June drink and drug drive blitz saw 35 drivers being arrested
Leicestershire Police's June drink and drug drive blitz saw 35 drivers being arrested

A Christmas crack down on drink and drug-based driving offences resulted in 71 arrests in Lincolnshire, it has been announced.

The arrests were made between December 1 and January 1 for providing a positive breath test or failing to provide a sample.

This is down on the same period 12 months earlier, when 117 drivers were arrested.

It was also said to be down on what would be expected in an average month.

John Siddle, communications manager for the Lincolnshire Road Safety Partnership, said typically 80 arrests are made per month, with more expected during the summer and Christmas campaigns.

The fall comes despite a higher number of breath tests being carried out than on average - 1,640 compared to about 1,100.

This year’s Christmas campaign was the first to allow members of the public to anonymously report a suspected drink-driver by text, an initiative piloted in the summer.

In all, police received 181 texts.

The scheme, unique to Lincolnshire, has since attracted interest from another police force.

Mr Siddle said: “All in all we were satisfied with our efforts, delighted with the public response but very disappointed that 71 drivers saw fit to risk the lives of others and their own livelihoods by drinking and driving.”