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Anti-Drink and Drug Driving message starting to get through to under-25s

30 Jul 2015

National figures, published today (July 30), showed that, although levels of drink-driving have risen slightly in the last year, the traditionally higher-offending under-25 year old demographic has started to learn the lesson, with offending rates down marginally by 1.5%

Responding to the figures, National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for roads policing, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, said:

“I am pleased to see that our intelligence-led approach to tackling the problem of drink and drug driving is working with fewer, more concentrated tests bringing to light more offenders.

“The message that driving under the influence of drink and drugs not being worth the risk seems to at last be getting through to under-25s; we’ve seen a proportional reduction of nearly two per cent in offending on last year.

“It is frustrating that over 5000 people in England, Wales and Northern Ireland continued to ignore the common-sense advice not to drink and drive – an increase of nearly a thousand exceeding the limit/ failing to provide, on last year’s figures despite fewer tests overall being administered.   

“Officers are on the alert all year round using targeted efforts to keep our roads safer.  I urge everyone planning to go out and enjoy themselves to never ever drive under the influence, whether that night or the following morning.”

The NPCC is waiting for feedback from forces on how they are progressing with new roadside drug-testing equipment so that we can publish more detailed results on drug driving in the future.

ENDS

Further information

 

  1. All forces in England, Wales and Northern Ireland participated in the national summer drink and drug driving campaign, which ran from June 1 to June 30. Police Scotland does not participate.
  2. We are aware that, at first glance, the figure for total breath tests administered does not tally with the figure generated by adding together the figures for breath tests administered not involving collisions and those administered following collisions. The same is true for tallying the number of breath tests administered to under-25s and those for tests administered to over-25s. This is a result of variations in some forces’ methods of collecting and returning data. The overall totals are, nevertheless, accurate.
  3. Summer 2015 figures as follows:

HEADLINE RESULTS

Total number of vehicles stopped

70,796

Total breath tests administered

60,096

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

5,085

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

8.46%

   

Total breath tests administered NOT involving collisions

42,007

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

2,708

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

6.44%

   

Total breath tests administered FOLLOWING collisions

12,259

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

906

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

7.39%

   

Total number of breath tests administered to UNDER 25s

11,419

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

682

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

5.97%

   

Total number of breath tests administered to 25 YEARS AND OVER

39,407

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

2,593

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

6.58%

   

Total number of Drug FIELD IMPAIRMENT TESTS conducted

574

Comparative figures from 2012-14 as follows:

 

2012

2013                            2014

 

 

 

Total breath tests administered NOT involving collisions

68109

86259

50491

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

3540

3893

2929

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

5.20

4.51

5.80

       

Total breath tests administered FOLLOWING collisions

15115

14633

13197

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

1317

1277

1179

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

8.71

8.73

8.93

       

Total number of collisions recorded

21057

22708

21577

       

Total number of breath tests administered to UNDER 25s

19714

19757

12829

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

1327

1290

962

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

6.73

6.53

7.50

       

Total number of breath tests administered to 25 YEARS AND OVER

61406

69985

50622

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

3388

3647

2820

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

5.52

5.21

5.57

       

Total number of FIELD IMPAIRMENT TESTS conducted

284

291

203

Total of those that resulted in a Section 4 arrest

63

59

66

% of total tested that resulted in a Section 4 arrest

22.18

20.27

32.51

Total number of Sec 4 arrests NOT following a FIT test

432

432

928

Total number of Sec 4 arrests following a collision

116

120

294

       

 TOTAL BREATH TESTS ADMINISTERED

83224

100892

63688

 TOTAL OF THOSE THAT WERE POSITIVE, FAILED OR REFUSED

4857

5170

4108

 % OF TOTAL TESTED THAT  WERE POSITIVE, FAILED OR REFUSED

5.84

5.12

6.45