‘Disappointing’ drink drive figures for Norfolk and Suffolk

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A senior police officer has expressed disappointment at motorists who continue to put lives at risk by drink driving.

It comes as more than 3,500 motorists in Norfolk and Suffolk were stopped by police during a summer crackdown on drink and drug driving.

During the month-long campaign in June, a total of 3,526 drivers were breathalysed.

And a total of 195 provided positive breath tests, or failed to give a specimen.

Chief Inspector Chris Spinks, head of roads policing in Norfolk and Suffolk, said: “I still find it hard to believe that people are prepared to risk their lives and those of others by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Put simply – they are dicing with death.

“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs impairs your judgement, making your reactions slower and therefore increases the chances of being involved in a collision.

“We target motorists all year round but this campaign allows us to focus attention on drink drivers; enforcing the law and educating motorists.”

Drink driving is one of the ‘fatal four’ motoring offences, alongside speeding, using a mobile phone and seatbelt offences.

Anyone convicted of drink driving faces losing their licence, a fine and possibly a jail term.

Convictions may also continue to impact on people’s personal and professional lives.