NEARLY 200 arrests were made during South Yorkshire Police’s Christmas campaign to reduce drink and drug-driving.
Officers stopped 1,333 vehicles to carry out breath tests and drug wipes between December 1 and January 1.
Chief Insp Phil Barraclough said: “As a result of this dedicated activity on our roads in December, we arrested 194 people for a range of offences.
“Operations like this are vitally important in order to continue to raise awareness of the dangers of drink or drug-driving.”
“The fact that we arrested nearly 200 people out of 1,333 vehicles stopped, shows that nearly 15 per cent of people were committing a criminal offence and believed it was appropriate to drive while under the influence.”
He added: “Every year, there are campaigns that highlight the consequences of getting behind the wheel while intoxicated.
“That single decision can have life-changing consequences, in the very worst cases resulting in loss of life.”
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