Drink and Drug Driving

Summer figures show still too many drink and drug drivers

Hot summer nights, BBQs and the World Cup are no excuse for this reckless behaviour

4 August 2010

The percentage of drivers found to be over the legal alcohol limit dropped slightly in ACPO's month long drink and drug driving summer campaign compared to last year.

Figures released today by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) show that of the 100,853 people stopped by police and breath tested, 5,652 (5.6%) tested positive, or refused or failed a breath test. That compares to 5.8% during the same time last year. The campaign runs throughout June.

Comment

Commenting on the ACPO drink and drug summer campaign, Edmund King, AA president, said: "It is worrying that 5,652 drivers were willing to play Russian roulette with their lives and the lives of others by driving over the drink drive limit in June. Hot summer nights, BBQs and the World Cup are no excuse for this reckless behaviour.

"Responsible drivers support the police efforts in targeting drunk drivers and we hope these efforts will continue despite threatened cuts to police funding.

"It is also a concern that there are a higher proportion of younger drivers over the limit as they are more at risk of crashing. Although the numbers tested for drug driving are relatively low, the fact that over a fifth were deemed unfit to drive is frightening."

The AA hopes that some of the recommendations from the North report on drug driving can be implemented as soon as possible to make the police role in targeting drug drivers easier.

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