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Fewer Motorists Arrested For Drink Driving Over Christmas 2013

Association Of Chief Police Officers Reveals Drink/Drug Related Arrest Figures

The number of motorists arrested for alcohol related offences over the festive period fell to 6,550 in 2013, the Association of Chief Police Officers has revealed. The 2012 figure was 7,123 so there was an 8% fall - even though the number of people intercepted by the authorities rose from 175,831 in 2012 to 191,040. Interestingly, of the 6550 motorists arrested 1,675 were under the age of 25. Offences included providing a positive breath sample and refusing to provide a sample. In relation to drug offences, the authorities conducted 513 field impairment tests – a rise from 360 compared to the previous year – which led to 143 arrests. The Police's Festive Drink Drive Campaign ran from November 29th 2013 to January 1st 2014 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was complemented by Brake's “Not A Drop Not A Drag” message that encouraged motorists to behave responsibly and within the law. The road safety charity has praised the police for conducting more roadside tests than in previous years and welcomed the fact that the arrest rate fell. This, of course, suggests that fewer motorists were taking liberties. However, Brake has stressed that there is “a long way to go to completely stamp out the menace”. After all, according to government figures 1 in 6 six deaths on roads in the UK roads are caused by motorists above the drink drive limit.

Brake's Road Safety Expert Discusses Drink Driving

Julie Townsend, Brake's Deputy Chief Executive, said: "It is encouraging to see an increase in vital drink drive enforcement over the festive period and fewer arrests. However drink driving remains one of the biggest killers on our roads and we have some way to go before we persuade all drivers to commit to never driving after drinking. People who persist in drink driving needlessly put the lives of others at grave risk and too often cause crashes that devastate families and communities, all for the sake of a drink.” The road safety expert and campaigner added: “The police do great work catching these irresponsible drivers, but the government needs to give them the backing they need to do their job, by making traffic policing a national priority and adopting a zero tolerance limit. The message needs to be clear: it should be none for the road."


Whilst any reduction in drive-driving prosecutions is good (as long as it's not as a result of less detection), statistics like the '1 in 6 deaths involves drink driving' are of little use. You could argue that the logical conclusion is that we should be going after the 5 out of 6 drivers who can't even drive safely sober!

That's because when you used to ask for a light and bitter, you now ask for a Big Mac?.