Drink driving a problem at end of 2011

Friday, 20 January 2012

More than 7,100 car insurance customers were arrested in a crackdown on the crime at the end of 2011, which was driven by the Association of Chief Police Officers.

Detective chief constable Suzette Davenport revealed that the hard stance taken during the festive period saw 157,000 drivers stopped and given breath tests, with more than 7,000 failing to heed the warnings given ahead of the project.

It has also been reported that young drivers are still the worst offenders, with 5.7 per cent of this age group being caught for driving under the influence.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists, which backed the campaign, said through director of policy and research Neil Greig: " That young drivers continue to be the worst offenders is worrying. Our research shows that half of young drivers don't know how much they can drink and still be under the limit, so the message is not getting through to them."

It was also reported by the Burton Mail that police in Staffordshire had arrested 27 per cent more drink drivers in December 2011 than they had a year earlier.

Posted by Noel Martin

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