Brake, the road safety charity, has praised police for their efforts to catch drink and drug drivers over the festive period but has expressed concern that a significant minority of drivers – especially among the younger age group – are continuing to endanger lives.
An increasingly intelligence-led approach by officers resulted in fewer breath tests this year, down to 133,996, but a higher rate of drivers testing positive, with 5,885, or 4.39%, failing breath tests according to figures released by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Among these, 28,228 under-25s were tested, with a 6.33% failure rate, compared to 3.94% of over-25s.
Brake is warning there is still a long way to go to stamp out the menace of drink and drug driving throughout the year.
According to a Brake and Direct Line survey, many continue to take the deadly risk of driving after drinking and many feel unable to speak out to stop others doing it.
Brake also warns that many who pass the breath test could be unsafe to drive due to the England, Wales and Northern Ireland’s high drink drive limit.
Scotland reduced its drink drive limit on 5 December 2014, to 50mg per 100ml of blood.
The organisation is renewing its calls for a zero tolerance drink drive limit of 20mg per 100ml blood. See calls for action below and the facts on why it should be none for the road.