Icy weather fails to deter drink drivers in Kent

  • 21 January 2011
  • From the section Kent
Police breath test
Image caption Kent Police said although figures were down, the bad weather failed to deter drink drivers

One in three drivers who were stopped by Kent Police during last month's bad weather either failed or refused a breath test, the force has revealed.

It said although snow and ice saw fewer people out on the roads, 171 drivers were arrested out of 563 breath tested.

The figure for 1 December to 1 January compares with 1,397 tested and 195 arrests during the same period in 2009.

The number of motorists breath tested and arrested after a collision was also down on the previous year.

Insp Paul Sellwood, from Kent Police's roads policing unit, said it was clear that most motorists heeded police warnings not to drive in bad weather.

"However, the drink drivers chose to ignore this advice," he said.

"Drink drivers are clearly the motorists taking the risks. Kent Police take a zero tolerance approach to those who flout the law and will continue to target drink and drug drivers throughout the year."

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