Tests on drink-driving car insurance holders 'halted'

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Police tests on car insurance policyholders they suspect of drink-driving have reportedly been halted.

The Forensic Science Service has refused to process any more motoring cases, due to spending cuts.

Blood samples and urine taken from motor insurance holders accused of drink-driving will be stored on a temporary basis until the problem is resolved.

Officials have warned it could take at least a week to make new processing arrangements and police forces are being urged not to seek alternative testing in the meantime.

Carole Whittingham, founder of Campaign Against Drink Driving, told the Metro: "I have terrible visions now of drink-drivers thinking, 'Wow, there's an amnesty so I can go out, drink as much as I want, and the police may not be able to process me'."

Recently, a poll by Confused.com revealed 71 per cent of motorists in the UK do not know what the drink-drive limit in the country is.

Posted by Claire Carter

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