130 South Yorkshire arrests over Christmas, drink-drive police announce

130 South Yorkshire arrests over Christmas, drink-drive police announce

By Gareth Dennison | 20/01/2020

130 South Yorkshire arrests over Christmas, drink-drive police announce

ONE in ten drivers stopped by South Yorkshire Police over the festive period failed drink or drugs tests.

There were 130 arrests across the region from a total of 1,184 vehicles stopped during the two-week Christmas campaign.

Some 100 of 1,120 breath tests were failed while 30 drug wipes — testing for cannabis and cocaine — came up positive.

Roads traffic officer Bruce Yacomeni said: “This shows that nearly 11 per cent of drivers we stopped were under the influence and believed it was still appropriate to get behind the wheel of a car. This is not acceptable.

“Drink and drug-driving can have devastating consequences on people’s lives.

“We are committed to raise awareness of the dangers of driving while under the influence of drink and drugs and take action against those who pose a risk to themselves and other road users.”

Of the total arrests, 32 were from tests given after a collision.


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