More than 3,500 drivers were caught drink or drug driving during a recent month long campaign in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
During the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) summer campaign, which ran throughout June, 35,382 breath tests were administered, with 3,533 (10%) of those tests either failed, positive or refused.
Results from drug testing showed the highest proportion of positive tests since recording began in December 2015. Of the 2,022 drug screening devices administered, 1,084 returned positive (53.6%).
All police forces across England, Wales and Northern Ireland participated in the campaign, with the NPCC saying officers ran ‘intelligence-led operations’ to target offenders.
Looking at age, there was little difference in the percentages of drivers aged over or under 25 years who failed a test.
7,609 tests were administered to under 25-year-olds – 736 of which were positive, refused or failed (9.7%). This compares to 23,997 tests for drivers aged over 25 years, 9.6% (2,298) of which returned positive, refused or failed.
Assistant chief constable Steve Barry, NPCC roads policing portfolio, said: “Every police force in England, Wales and Northern Ireland took part in this latest campaign using targeted, local knowledge to detect drink or drug driving offences and help prosecute thousands of offenders.
“We are committed to enforcing the law to educate people about the penalties they face and the serious threat to life presented by this irresponsible and dangerous behaviour.
“While we continue to see benefits of new drug driving laws and testing kits resulting in more detections, the scale of this problem remains a real concern for police.
“Thousands of people still attempt to drive after drinking or taking drugs – you are making a selfish decision that puts your own life and the lives of others at risk. Our message is the same all year round – don’t do it.”