THE number of arrests during a drink drive campaign was down on previous years, police have said.
More drivers were tested for drink-driving in West Sussex over the Christmas and New Year period, but the number of arrests was down on the previous year.
Sussex Police has welcomed the figures, but stressed a significant number of drivers were still choosing to drink and drive.
A total of 6,501 tests were carried out during a seven- week period, with 176 drivers arrested for being over the limit or refusing to provide a breath sample.
During the same period in 2009, 5,966 tests were carried out with 225 arrests.
Chief Inspector Di Roskilly, from the Road Policing Unit, said: ‘The results are encouraging, as is the fact that we are removing more drunk drivers from the roads before they have an opportunity to cause harm – 16 were arrested after a collision during this campaign. However, we must not lose sight of the fact that we do not catch up with every driver who drinks and drives.’