ACPO launches summer drink-drive campaign
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) is launching its annual month long summer drink-drive campaign today (1 June), reminding drivers to enjoy the long evenings but not to drink and drive.
Police officers will be out in force during the campaign in a bid to crack down on drink and drug drivers.
Chief constable Phil Gormley, ACPO lead on drink and drug driving, said: “In 2009, 17% of people killed on our roads died in a collision involving a drink driver and nearly 12,000 were injured. This tragic and needless waste of human life is totally unacceptable and we will continue to use intelligence to target offenders, as well as carrying out volume testing at the roadside.
“We will carry out roadside checks at all times of the day and night and on all types of road. This means that if you drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, there is a good chance you will be stopped and tested.”
Last year just under 101,000 people were stopped and tested during the 30-day summer campaign; 5.6% tested positive or refused a test.
Mike Penning, road safety minister, commented: "We are taking forward measures to make it easier for the police to tackle drink and drug driving and protect law abiding road users, including plans for drug testing kits to help detect drug drivers and tightening the law on drink driving.
“The number of drink driving deaths has fallen by more than 75% since 1979. But drink and drug driving still kills hundreds of people; that is why we want to help the police take tough action to tackle these reckless drivers.”
For more information contact the ACPO press office on 020 7084 8408.
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