ALMOST 30 people were caught drink driving in West Lancashire during the police’s Christmas drink drive campaign.
A total of 2,155 tests were administered across West Lancashire throughout the month of December with 27 people, or 1.3%, failing the test or refusing to provide a specimen.
During the Christmas, 2012, campaign, 2,259 tests were administered with 35 people or 1.5%, failing the test or refusing to provide a specimen.
The annual crackdown on drink driving saw high-profile enforcement activity take place around the clock across the county.
Chief Insp Debbie Howard said: “It is pleasing to see the number of people drink driving on Lancashire’s roads has reduced.
“I hope that the message is getting through to people that drink driving is extremely dangerous and the consequences are high.
“The amount of people caught drink driving is still too many though.
“We are not complacent and will continue to carry out regular enforcement to take action against those who continue to break the law.”
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw added: "People who choose to drink and drive are not only putting their own lives in serious danger, they are risking the lives of everyone around them.
"That is why this operation over Christmas was so important and while I am delighted the overwhelming majority of people tested were not under the influence, it is disappointing that over 200 people in Lancashire chose to take to the road after drinking alcohol.
“They have put both themselves and others on the road at serious risk.”