ACPO’s lead for roads policing has admitted she is ‘disappointed’ with the results of the recent summer drink drive campaign.
The figures show that while the number of tests administered decreased, the proportion of drivers failing increased by more than 1%. At 7.5%, the failure rate among drivers aged under-25 years was higher than the overall rate (6.5%).
The full campaign figures can be found on the ACPO website.
The increase in the failure rate could be down to ‘a more intelligence-led approach’ to testing drivers, with police forces focusing on morning after drink driving and areas where risk was highest.
Responding to the figures, chief constable Suzette Davenport, the national lead for roads policing said that despite repeated warnings about the dangers of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, too many people are still risking lives on the roads,
During the campaign, which ran from June 1 to June 30, 63,688 tests were administered, of which 4,108 (6.5%) were failed, tested positive or refused. This is a numerical decrease from 5,170 failed tests in 2013, but a percentage increase of 1.33% as testing practices changed, resulting in a decrease in the number of tests administered. 962 of the failed tests were carried out on drivers aged under-25 years.
CC Davenport said: “Our officers this summer used a very much more intelligence-led approach to testing. Forces focused on the dangers of driving the morning after a heavy night and targeting areas where risk was highest, particularly around venues broadcasting the World Cup.
“Despite us constantly hammering home the anti-drink and drug driving message, it is not being heeded by enough people.
“I fully understand that, throughout June and into July, many people wanted to enjoy the spectacle and excitement of the World Cup, music festivals and the like, and I have no desire whatsoever to diminish their enjoyment.
“However, they must take responsibility when getting behind the wheel of a car and ensure that they are in a fit state to do so. If you are not – you will be spotted, you will be tested and, if you fail that test, you will face serious consequences.
“Overall, I am disappointed in the figures emerging from this summer’s campaign, but I am confident that, year on year, we have started to get through to people.
“As the year progresses, officers nationwide will continue to be vigilant and do their utmost to keep our road users safe from those who make reckless decisions behind the wheel.”