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Police rap repeat drink-drivers

Nottinghamshire Police carried out more than 1,500 checks on drivers during a month-long drink-drive campaign.

Figures showed 139 of 1,507 people breathalysed throughout June were found to be over the legal limit and subsequently arrested.

The findings revealed a slight improvement on last year when 12% of drivers tested were over the limit.

More than 20% of those arrested so far this year were repeat offenders, a police spokesman said.

'Reckless behaviour'

Ch Insp Andy Charlton said he was "extremely disappointed" with the results.

He said: "We have tested even more people this year and seen that there are some who are still taking these kind of risks, just one is one too many.

"Drivers acting within the law are put in danger by the minority who do not think about the impact their actions could have.

"Not only do they face a fine and the possibility of losing their licence, but it also significantly increases the chances of killing or seriously injuring someone, even themselves.

"The greatest risk to road users is from those who repeatedly drink and drive. We all have a duty to report this reckless behaviour."

In 2008, 269 people were killed or injured in collisions on the county's roads involving drivers who were under the influence of alcohol and drugs.

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