Police to target daytime drinking in summer anti-drink & drug driving campaign
A total of 156 people under the age of 25 were killed or seriously injured as a result of drink driving in 2010. In 2011 drivers aged between 20 and 24 failed more breath tests than any other age group.
Road Safety Minister Stephen Hammond MP said: ‘Drivers who get behind the wheel over the limit are a menace and anyone who does so this summer should be in no doubt that they risk losing their licence, as well as facing a fine and even a prison sentence.
‘To make it easier for the police to tackle the problem and protect law abiding road users, we are streamlining enforcement and tightening the law so that drink drivers will have nowhere to hide.’
In June 2012 more than 83,000 people were tested during the campaign. Nearly 5,000 of those failed a breath test.
Police will also target those drinking or taking drugs during the day. In 2011, 730 drivers involved in a collision failed a breath test between the hours of 1pm and 6pm, which is more than double the amount of people who failed for the hour before or after midnight.
ACPO is also working with Government to introduce a roadside testing kit for drug drivers.
ACPO lead for roads policing, chief Cconstable Suzette Davenport said: ‘It is essential we continue to tackle the menace of drug driving and work is ongoing with the Home Office to introduce a national road side drug testing kit in the future.'
The UK campaign takes place alongside similar initiatives across Europe, coordinated by TISPOL (the European Traffic Police Network).