The percentage of drivers failing the breath test fell during ACPO’s summer 2013 drink drive campaign – despite officers carrying out nearly 18,000 more tests compared with 2012.
The ACPO anti-drink and drug drive campaign ran throughout June and tasked officers across the country with breathalysing more drivers. The campaign was aimed at tackling those under 25 and day-time drinkers who were attending barbeques or weekend events.
A total of 100,892 drivers were tested last month, compared with 83,224 in June 2012. Out of those, 5,170 failed the test last month, while 4,857 failed in June 2012.
There was a slight drop in the number of drivers under 25 who failed, from 1,327 in June 2012 to 1,290 last June.
The number of those arrested after officers carried out a Field Impairment Test (FIT) for drugs fell from 63 in June 2012 to 59 this year.
Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, national lead for roads policing, said: “It is encouraging to see there is a percentage drop in those failing tests.
“However, we cannot ignore the fact that even in 2013 we had 5,170 drivers in a single month who thought it was acceptable to drive under the influence of alcohol and over the legal limit.
“The absolute disregard these drivers have for others, and the potential damage they cause to thousands of families up and down the country, is unacceptable.
“We run two anti-drink and drug driving campaigns a year, alongside the work carried out by Government, and yet the public still have to pay millions of pounds in police and emergency service time because these drivers don’t get the message.
“I would also ask the public to please contact police if they suspect someone of drink driving. That single phone call could save lives.”
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