Christmas drink drive campaign reveals one per cent increase in offenders
Drivers testing positive for drink or drugs increased by one per cent on last year during the Christmas drink drive campaign carried out across the count by Wiltshire Police.
And too many of them were found to have “consciously” decided to take a gamble by driving while they were probably unfit.
Of a total of 2,760 drivers who were breath tested, 85 either tested positive or refused or failed to provide a sample of breath, some three per cent of the total.
Some 541 of the tests were conducted following road traffic collisions and of those, 25 either tested positive or refused or failed to provide a sample of breath, equivalent to four per cent.
Tests carried out on drivers under 25 totalled 618, of which 26 either tested positive or refused or failed to provide a sample of breath.
Officers also arrested 10 people on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs. Six of these arrests were made following road traffic collisions.
Steve Cox, Inspector of for Roads Policing and the Serious Collision Investigation Team, told Marlborough News Online:
“This year’s figures show a one per cent increase in the number of those testing positive or failing to provide a sample of breath compared to last year.”
“Drink or drug driving and the possible consequences that can result have a devastating effect not just on individuals but on families, friends and entire communities.”
And he added: “Despite this, there are still those who consciously decide to take a risk and that is unacceptable.”
“People can be assured that we will always take action against those who choose to take this risk and officers continue to test people every day of every week, not just at Christmas.”