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Festive drink drive figures drop
The number of people arrested for drinking and driving in County Durham over the Christmas period fell compared to the previous festive season.

Officers carried out more than twice as many breath tests throughout December as they did in the same month in 2006.

Out of a total of 3,332, some 28 - ( 0.7% - proved positive. This compares to a 1.8% positive finding last year.

The force's road casualty reduction officer welcomed the figures but said it would not be resting on its laurels.

PC Dave Nixon added: "Drink-driving is a potential problem 365 days of the year, not just over the Christmas period and we will continue our efforts to bring about a change in attitudes.

"Those who decide to drive after consuming alcohol are behaving selfishly, with no regard for themselves, other road-users or the wider community."

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