DRINK driving is on the increase in Warrington, according to latest figures released by Cheshire Police.

Throughout June a total of 136 people were arrested for drink driving in Cheshire, compared to 112 arrests in 2013, a 21% increase.

In the town, police caught 17 drivers behind the wheel when over the limit.

Ass Chf Con Guy Hindle said: "It is disappointing to see that some people still think that it is safe to drive whilst under the influence of alcohol, despite repeated warnings about the dangers. Our officers are having deal with the consequences of road traffic collisions caused by alcohol on a daily basis.

"Officers will continue to target drink and drug driving throughout the year."

This year′s drink drive campaign coincided with the World Cup, meaning drivers were targeted around matches.

Insp Richard Hill, from the Roads Policing Team, said: "Many of the breath tests we conducted were taken before or after specific football matches, in addition to the morning after games.

"Whilst I am disappointed that the number of drink driver arrests has increased, I also believe that the force is sending out a clear message to road users that drink driving will not be tolerated.”

Cheshire Police conducted 1445 breath tests throughout June, the majority between midnight and 4am.

Three people were also arrested for drug driving.