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Fewer than two per cent fail breath tests in Norfolk over Christmas

Norfolk's breath test failure rate over Christmas and New Year was 1.85 per cent

Norfolk's breath test failure rate over Christmas and New Year was 1.85 per cent

Norfolk drivers were much better a heeding drink drive advice over Christmas and New year.

While the percentage of positive tests in Suffolk between December 1 and January 1 more than doubled, from 3.2 per cent in 2012 to almost seven per cent in 2013, in Norfolk they rose less than half a per cent from 1.37 to 1.85 per cent.

As in Suffolk, whose figures were released last week, Norfolk’s officers breathalysed all drivers involved in collisions and anyone whose driving aroused concern, but they also tested anyone stopped with a faulty vehicle.

Norfolk’s figures released today show 3567 drivers were breathlysed of whom 66 tested positive and 11 of those were under 25.

Of the 441 people breath tested following collisions, nine tested positive.

Head of the Norfolk and Suffolk Roads Policing and Firearms Operations Unit, Chief Inspector Chris Spinks said: “It is always pleasing when the vast majority of people have taken heed of our message – but equally it is disappointing that a few have ignored it and put themselves and others at risk.”

For Suffolk’s figures click here

 

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