A road safety charity has praised police for their hard work in reducing drink-related
road traffic accidents over Christmas and New Year.
In addition, Brake welcomed latest figures showing that drink-drive arrests dipped over the period even though the number of breath tests taken increased.
Around 6,550 motorists were arrested in the month-long police enforcement drive over the festive period. This is 573 fewer than the corresponding timespan in 2012, the Association of Chief Police Officers found.
The reduction in arrests comes despite a rise in enforcement activity over Christmas. A total of 191,040 breath tests were made, rising from 175,831 the year before with just 3.4% of those asked failing or refusing the test, down from 4% the year before.
Younger motorists more responsible
Drink driving and the risk of alcohol-related accidents also dropped among youngsters. The welcome figures showed that 4.4% of under 25s failed a test, down from 5.3% the year before.
But Brake warns there is no room for complacency. Its recent poll found several motorists drivers are continuing to drive after drinking.
Many who pass the breath test could still be unsafe behind a wheel because of the UK’s high drink drive ceiling, it claimed.
The charity is redoubling its plea for a zero tolerance drink drive limit and also calling on ministers to prioritise traffic policing.
Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive, Brake, said: “The message needs to be clear: it should be none for the road.”
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Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown
Category: Road Traffic Accident Claims