County bucks drink-drive trend

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DRINK and drug driving offences in the area are on the decline, new police figures have revealed.

Lincolnshire has also bucked the national trend after the county registered a slight fall in the number of such offences - as opposed to an eight percent jump in the UK as a whole.

A total of 1,273 tests were administered in the county in the past year - of which 66, or 5.2 per cent, proved positive.

The new figures represent a 0.1 percent fall on the previous year.

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 of our staff for their professionalism and commitment in protecting the public and making the county’s roads safer for all to use,” the Chief Inspector added.

Call Lincolnshire Police with information on 0300 111 0300.

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