More than 300 drivers were arrested for being over the drink drive limit during a season police blitz.
Out of 7,700 motorists breath-tested in South Yorkshire during December, some 316, or 4.1 per cent, tested positive or refused or failed to provide a breath test, according to police figures released yesterday.
Although fewer tests were carried out than in 2009, the numbers caught drink driving increased.
National drink drive figures for the December 2010 Association of Chief Police Officers campaign showed that 169,838 tests were conducted and more than 6,600 tested positive or refused or failed to provide a breath test.
Throughout December, South Yorkshire Police followed an intelligence led approach to the campaign—specifically targeting areas with a known record of drink driving.
The police enforcement was supported by a local advertising campaign organised by the South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership.