Lincolnshire bucks trend for drink and drug driving offences

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LINCOLNSHIRE is bucking the national trend after a slight decrease in drink and drug driving offences so far this year.

A total of 1,273 tests have been administered this year and 66, around 5.2 per cent, have proved positive. This compares favourably to last year when 1,639 tests were administered and 87, around 5.3 per cent, proved positive.

This also compares well against this year’s national figures which show an overall eight per cent increase.

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.”

Call Lincolnshire Police with information on 0300 111 0300.

Give information on drink drivers anonymously to independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.