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Getting drugs off our roads – Christmas drink and drug drive campaign results

27 Jan 2016

More drug drivers than ever before have been caught during our national drink and drug drive campaign.

The campaign, which ran from December 1 - 31, saw 1888 drug screening devices administered by officers  with nearly 50 per cent of people stopped found to be under the influence of drugs.  More people were detected in December than in the whole of 2014. 

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New legislation, which covers 17 legal and illegal drugs with appropriately low limits for illegal drugs, and drug detection devices being available to all forces has made it easier to identify and prosecute drug drivers.

National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for Roads Policing Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said: 

“These results show that new legislation and detection devices have helped us to keep the roads safe. Officers across the country using their local knowledge and intelligence to focus on high risk locations are better equipped than ever to catch drivers who are under the influence of drink or drugs, even at very small amounts. Over the last Christmas, we detected and prosecuted more people than ever who have taken the very dangerous risk of driving while after taking drugs.”

During the Christmas period, forces across the country followed an intelligence-led approach that saw an increase in alcohol tests showing a positive, failed or refused reading. While the percentage of drivers tested fell, officers targeted drink drive hotspots to catch more peopledriving when under the influence.

There are encouraging indications that anti-drink drive messages are reaching the under 25s. Nationally there has been a drop in the number of positive readings within this age group, suggesting that the majority of young drivers are avoiding alcohol when taking to the roads.

CC Davenport said:

“Throughout the year forces will remain alert to the threat of people who are driving under the influence of intoxicants and will continue to catch those who take this risk and endanger innocent drivers, cyclists and pedestrians”

If at any time of the year you suspect someone is driving while unfit to do so, please report it immediately to your local police on 101 (or 999 if they are posing imminent danger) or report anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Notes to editors:

  1. CC Davenport’s availability for interview will be checked but cannot be guaranteed.
  2. The NPCC only issues national figures and does not provide a force-by-force breakdown.
  3. Explanation of positive, refused or failed.
    Positive is when a driver is proven by the breathalyser to be over the legal limit
    Refused is when a driver refuses to give an officer a specimen of breath
    Failed is when a driver offers to give a specimen of breath, but it is not sufficient to determine a result.
  4. This is the first Christmas campaign where new drug detection devices have been used.

Results

 

2012

2013

2014

2015

Total breath tests administered NOT involving collisions

149287

161496

110037

80387

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

5161

4841

4106

3525

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

3.46

3

3.73

4.38

         

Total breath tests administered FOLLOWING collisions

26544

29974

23959

19925

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

1962

1709

1779

1454

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

7.39

5.70

7.43

7.29

         

Total number of breath tests administered to UNDER 25s

37402

37940

28228

19746

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

1970

1675

1788

1062

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

5.27

4.41

6.33

5.37

         

Total number of breath tests administered to 25 YEARS AND OVER

137617

139550

102555

71753

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

4668

4482

4042

3297

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

3.39

3.21

3.94

4.59

         

Total number of FIELD IMPAIRMENT TESTS conducted

360

513

335

281

Total of those that resulted in a Section 4 arrest

77

143

78

124

% of total tested that resulted in a Section 4 arrest

21.39

27.88

23.28

44.12

Total number of drug screening devices administered

 

 

 

1888

Total number of positive drug screening device tests

 

 

 

931

% of total tested that were positive

      49.31
         

 TOTAL BREATH TESTS ADMINISTERED

175831

191040

133996

110,226

 TOTAL OF THOSE THAT WERE POSITIVE, FAILED OR REFUSED

7123

6550

5885

5543

 % OF TOTAL TESTED THAT  WERE POSITIVE, FAILED OR REFUSED

4.05

3.42

4.39

5.02