Rise in positive drug and alcohol tests among drivers

Published on Tuesday, 02 August 2011 12:28
Posted by Scott Buckler

The summer 2011 targeted campaign against those driving under the influence of drink and drugs has revealed more people failed tests than in previous years (August 2nd)


According to the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), the exercise saw a rise of eight per cent in the number of individuals testing positive, from 5.6 per cent in 2010 to 6.06 per cent of subjects refusing or failing tests this year.

Summer drink and drug driving statistics from the organisation showed of the 88,629 people stopped and examined in June 2011, 5,373 tested positive

There was a 15 per cent expansion in 25 year olds delivering positive tests and the number of those checked for drug use increased by 30 per cent, leading to 122 arrests.

"It is worrying that younger drivers continue to drink and drive and we will be redoubling our efforts to address this unacceptable behaviour," ACPO roads policing lead Chief Constable Phil Gormley commented.

Drivers have also been warned by Sainsbury's Car Insurance not to attempt to race the estimated time of arrival given by their satnav systems after research indicated a growing trend for such activities.


Source: CILT UK

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