Police in the North praise drink driving statistics

The North’s top policeman has praised the area’s drink driving statistics which have fallen year on year and are expected to continue decreasing resulting in fewer road traffic accidents in the region. Chief Superintendent Julian Innes believes that the figures are due to a decrease in the number of drivers drinking but he also states that there have been more roadside tests carried out than in previous years. However, the number of positive tests for alcohol intoxication has dropped in the North.

Despite the drop in drink-drivers, there have been many people breaking road traffic laws in other ways. Year on year, the number of drivers stopped for speeding has risen by 383; from 1,313 to 1,696. In addition, 186 drivers were apprehended for failing to wear a seatbelt and a further 41 drivers were stopped for using a mobile phone while on the road. Statistics for drink-driving offences were collected between April 1st and August 31st and were shown to a Highland Council committee to show the decrease in the number of drivers caught intoxicated. Also included was the number of drivers who failed to give a specimen when asked. The Chief Superintendent has stated that he is pleased with the work the police have done to get these numbers down and he believes that there are a significant number of people who are choosing not to drink and drive.

The importance of road safety

These drink driving statistics indicate that, a combination of enforcement and respect for other drivers may help to reduce the number of serious accidents and fatalities on the roads. There are still some issues surrounding seatbelt wearing, mobile phone use and speeding but these could also be tackled by use of campaigns and road safety awareness training. Although many people have respect for the road and other road users, there are still many drivers who do not see that their actions may have consequences. To claim compensation for personal injuries which have been caused by a reckless driver, you can contact our team at Accident Advice Helpline.

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Source: The Press and Journal

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