Issued on 9/1/17 at 8:51 a.m.
Forty six people were arrested during the Christmas 2016 drink driving campaign along with four for drug driving across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Nineteen of the arrests were made following a road traffic collision
Nearly a third of those arrested (16) were drivers aged 24 or under The highest roadside breath test reading was 106, more than three times over the limit
Twenty one arrests in Leicester, seven each in the Charnwood and Harborough, four each in North West Leicestershire and Blaby, three each in Oadby and Wigston and Melton along with one in Rutland.
Nearly a quarter (12) of the arrests were made between 6am and 6pm
This compares to 67 arrests for the same period last year (1 December to 31st December 2015) which was made up of 43 men and 7 women.
Jonathan Clarkson, spokesperson for the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership said, “Although the overall arrests are lower than December 2015 the increase in the number of younger drivers being stopped is worrying, our statistics show that road users aged between 17 and 24 are more likely to suffer death or serious injury on our roads. Of equal concern is the number of people arrested following roadside collisions along with those detained during the daytime.”