THE number of people caught driving while under the influence of alcohol over the Christmas period has fallen for the second year running.

About 10,000 motorists were stopped by police during the annual campaign and 1832 were breath tested as daily patrol

THE number of people caught driving while under the influence of alcohol over the Christmas period has fallen for the second year running.

About 10,000 motorists were stopped by police during the annual campaign and 1832 were breath tested as daily patrols took place across the county.

Of those tested five per cent were over the drink drive limit, resulting in 98 arrests for drink driving. Three further arrests were made for driving under the influence of drugs. Thirty four of the arrests were made in the Huntingdon and Fenland area.

The initiative ran from December 1 until December 31.

During the 2007 campaign, 2204 people were breath tested, 149 (seven per cent) of whom were arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

PC Tony Barrios, Casualty Reduction Officer, said: "It is encouraging to see that the number of people driving under the influence is falling. However, it is always disappointing to see that some drivers are still ignoring the law.

"We take this campaign extremely seriously and ensured there was a highly visible police presence on the county's roads throughout December to target those who ignore the law.

"This work was not merely about enforcement. Specialist officers conducted daily, formal road checks to deter motorists from driving under the influence.

"This meant more motorists than ever before were stopped during the campaign.

"Although the campaign has ended officers will continue to conduct regular breath checks and field impairment tests to ensure the enforcement continues.

"Those motorists who continue to break the law may think they are safe to drive but they are mistaken. Each time someone gets behind the wheel and drives under the influence they are not only risking their own life but also the lives of others.