February 7, 2009

Drink Driving on the Increase for Under 25’s

An 11% increase in under 25’s failing breath tests over the Christmas period shows the battle against drunk driving is never-ending.
Figures released by the Association of Chief Police Officers show that of the 48,214 under 25s who were breathalysed during December 2,709 tested positive, failed to provide or refused a breath test. During the previous year’s 43,144 under 25s were breathalysed, of whom 2,182 tested positive.
During the festive campaign, police forces also conducted 481 field impairment tests, which are used to detect if drivers are under the influence of drugs. More than 28 per cent of those tested were arrested.
Kevin Clinton, RoSPA head of road safety, said: “The figures from the Christmas campaign show that the battle against drunk driving is never-ending. After 25 years of drink-drive campaigns, it is disappointing.”

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