ACPO launches summer drink and drug drive campaign
The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has launched its 2013 summer anti-drink and drug driving campaign and is targeting under 25s and ‘day time’ drinkers (31 May).
Launching the campaign, chief constable Suzette Davenport, ACPO lead for roads policing, warned drivers against drinking at barbecues if they intend to drive.
ACPO points to figures showing that 156 people under the age of 25 were killed or seriously injured as a result of drink driving in 2010. In 2011 drivers aged 20-24 years failed more breath tests than any other age group.
Chief constable Davenport said: “It is appalling that in 2013 we still have to remind people not to drink and drive. To combat this we will be stopping and testing thousands more drivers throughout the month of June.”
In June 2012 more than 83,000 people were breathalysed and nearly 5,000 of those failed the test.
Police will also target drivers who drink or take drugs during the day. In 2011, 730 drivers involved in a collision failed a breath test between the hours of 1pm and 6pm - more than double the amount who failed during the hour before or after midnight.
Chief constable Davenport added: “Friends and family can stop a loved one getting into a car drunk. Do not be afraid to stop someone at your barbecue from getting into their car if they have been drinking and want to drive.
“People are killed through drink driving, but many more have to suffer with lifelong disabilities which change the lives of everyone around them.”
ACPO is also working with Government to introduce a roadside testing kit for drug drivers.
Chief constable Davenport said: “It is essential we continue to tackle the menace of drug driving and work is ongoing with the Home Office to introduce a national road side drug testing kit in the future.”