Figures released today (24 Jan) show that drink-drive arrests were down by around 8%, despite an 8% rise in the number of breath tests administered over the Christmas 2013 period.
The campaign, which ran in England, Wales and Northern Ireland from 29 November 2013 to 1 January 2014, resulted in 191,040 breath tests being administered, up from 175,831 in 2012. Of those, 6,550 tests were either positive, failed or refused – a reduction of around 8% compared with the 2012 figure of 7,123.
Of those refusing tests, or registering a positive or failed reading, 1,709 were tested following a collision, while 4,841 were tested in circumstances not involving a collision.
Of those registering a positive or failed reading or refusing to provide a specimen for analysis, 1,675 (25%) were aged under 25 years.
In addition, 513 Field Impairment Tests (FIT) were conducted, of which 143 resulted in an arrest.
Chief constable Suzette Davenport, national lead for roads policing, said: “I am very pleased to see that the anti-drink and drug driving message we relentlessly put out, year in, year out, got through to a significant number of people during Christmas 2013 – and according to the results of national drink-drive operations, fewer and fewer are taking that most deadly of risks.
“It is particularly gratifying to see a real-terms reduction even though testing has been increased.”
“I believe we are moving in the right direction – the last three years have shown a slow but steady fall in the number of drivers taking the risk of driving under the influence, and it is our goal to accelerate that decrease and maintain its momentum in the weeks, months and years ahead.”
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