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Drink driving campaign misses the spot

Police have expressed disappointment over the results of a summer drink driving campaign, which has yielded relatively modest results.

Statistics for June showed that 5.8% of the 83,224 motorists tested, either refused or failed a breath test which is a marginal improvement on last year’s 6% figure, but the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) said the decrease was not enough:

A spokesman said, “Although there has been a reduction in 2012, this reduction is not big enough. There were still almost 5,000 drivers found to be driving under the influence who have not got the message.”

The number of people who were tested for drugs increased by 30% from 259 to 337. This resulted in 122 arrests.

Drinking or taking drugs and driving clearly increases the risk of being involved in a collision as 8.7% of people tested after a collision were found to be under influence compared with 5.2% for routine tests.

ACPO roads policing expert Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said: “Through our annual Christmas and summer campaigns we have consistently warned the public that drink and drug driving can kill.

“We are disappointed that there is still a group of people who are not listening or ignoring the consequences and continuing to drink or take drugs and drive. The police will continue to work with communities to reach this group of drivers.”

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