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Police: Youngsters Most Likely To Drive Under The Influence

Anti Drink / Drug Drive Campaign Results

Motorists aged less than 25 are more likely to fail a breath test for driving under the influence than their older counterparts, figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers prove.

During the Christmas 2014 Anti Drink / Anti Drug Campaign, the percentage of motorists aged under 25 that failed a breath test was 6.33%. In contrast, 3.94% of older drivers fell foul of the law. 

Chief Constable Discusses Campaign

These nationwide figures were revealed by Chief Constable Suzette Davenport who explained that: “Younger drivers - who are balancing the development of their skills and responsibilities as drivers with the natural enjoyments and explorations of their formative years as adults - are, unsurprisingly, more likely to take risks”. 

But this recognition was teamed with a message to offenders off all ages. The Chief Constable warned: “You are breaking the law, you are risking your life and the lives of those around you, and the consequences of doing so will plague you for the rest of your life”. 

Intelligence-Led Approach

The Association of Chief Police Officers said the December 2014 campaign was more “intelligence-led” than its predecessors as it targeted those most likely to offend. This ensured that fewer roadside breath tests were conducted - 133,966 rather than 191,040 in 2013 – but the overall failure rate rose from 3.42%, to 4.39%.

Chief Constable Davenport said the intelligence-led approach is: “helping officers to pick up on offending in a more efficient way”. She added that she is now “looking very carefully” at the figures and plans to work with government and partner agencies to create “the best possible regime of advice and enforcement needed to keep our roads safe from those who recklessly drive while intoxicated”.

Royal Society For Prevention of Accidents Discuss Campaign

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents Head of Road Safety, Kevin Clinton, argued: “While it is good news that the police are adopting an intelligence-led approach to target their resources at drivers most likely to be drinking, it’s also important that the overall number of breath tests is maintained”.

Mr Clinton added: “What is also worrying is the number of young people who are driving while under the influence of alcohol” (and) “around 250 people are killed in drink-drive accidents every year.”

He concluded: “It is not just the drivers who suffer but often their passengers, people in other vehicles, pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists - and the families of everyone involved”.