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Intelligence led approach combatting drink and drug driving

11 Aug 2016

The latest national figures show that forces across the country followed a targeted approach that saw an increase in alcohol tests showing a positive, failed or refused reading. While the percentage of drivers tested reduced, officers targeted through intelligence drink drive hotspots.

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

“It is encouraging to see that our intelligence led approach continues to work – fewer tests administered but increased criminal justice outcomes, with forces actively targeting hotspots and using their local knowledge to get drink and drug drivers off our roads.

“Even though this has been a successful summer campaign, it is still disappointing to see during the campaign over 4500 people drink driving and over 1000 people driving whilst under the influence of drugs. We remind those who drive when intoxicated that police forces across the country are better equipped than ever before to detect and prosecute drivers who ignore the law.

“We continue to see the benefit of the new drug driving law and swab kits with nearly 40% of those being screened testing positive at the road-side and being prevented from causing harm to other road users.

“The dangers of drink or drug driving are real and we urge everyone to be responsible. Think twice before getting behind the wheel, drink or drug driving is a selfish decision that can ruin your life or someone else’s. Our message remains the same throughout the year – don’t do it”.

If 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 phone it through anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

 

 

 

2013

2014

2015

2016

Total number of vehicles stopped                                                           

   

70,796

49,440

Total breath tests administered

100892

63688

60096

45267

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

3839

4108

5085

4539

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused                  

4.51

6.45

8.46

10.0

Total breath tests administered NOT involving collisions               

86,259

50,491

42,007

 27,640

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

3,893

2,929

2,708

2,828

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused    

4.51

5.8

6.44

10.2

Total breath tests administered FOLLOWING collisions                  

14,633

13,197

12,259

11,782

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

1277

1179

2708

1338

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

8.73

8.93

7.39

11.4

Total number of breath tests administered to UNDER 25s            

19,757

12,829

11,419

7,940

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

1290

962

682

757

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

6.53

7.5

5.97

9.5

Total number of breath tests administered to 25 YEARS AND OVER 

69,985

50,622

39,407

28,626

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed

3647

2820

2593

3041

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused

5.21

5.57

6.58

10.6

Total number of Drug FIELD IMPAIRMENT TESTS conducted        

291

203

574

279

Total of those that resulted in a Section 4 arrest    

59

66

 

80

% of total tested that resulted in a Section 4 arrest                        

20.27

32.51

 

28.7

Total number of Drug screening devices administered  

     

2588

Total number of positive Drug screening device tests 

     

1028

% of total tested that were positive                                                      

     

39.7

Total number of Drug screening devices administered following a collision           

     

279

Total number of positive Drug screening device tests following a collision

     

66

% of total tested that were positive                                                      

     

23.7

Notes to editors:

  • CC Davenport’s availability for interview will be checked but cannot be guaranteed.
  • NPCC summer drink and drug driving campaign runs from 10 June 2016 to 10 July 2016. 
  • The NPCC only issues national figures and does not provide a force-by-force breakdown.
  • 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.