September 22nd, 2016

Nearly one in ten still failing or refusing drink driving breath test say West Mercia Police

Nearly one in ten still failing or refusing drink driving breath test say West Mercia Police Nearly one in ten still failing or refusing drink driving breath test say West Mercia Police

NEARLY one in ten drivers either refused to give a breath test or failed one between June 10 and July 10, 2016, according to figures released by West Mercia Police.

In all this was 136 people with an additional 82 people failing in Warwickshire.

An additional 93 people in West Mercia and eight people in Warwickshire also failed the new roadside drugs test as part of the campaign.

As well as enforcement activity the consequences of being caught driving under the influence were highlighted across social media and local radio advertising took place across the region.

The advertising campaign supported the national month long enforcement campaign launched on June 10 to tie in with the Euro 2016 football.

Over the past three years, 117 people have been killed or seriously injured in West Mercia and 84 in Warwickshire as a result of collisions involving drink or drugs.

Inspector Gareth Morgan for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police said: “It’s encouraging that the majority of drivers would never think of risking driving after drinking alcohol and the message appears to be getting through. However, there are still irresponsible drivers thinking they can risk it, ignoring the devastating consequences that this can cause for them, their family, friends and other road users. I welcome that we now have both the testing ability and legislation in place to tackle those people who drive under the influence of drugs. We continue to use an intelligence led approach to remove these motorists from the road. Enforcing the drink and drug drive law is a year round commitment for both Forces and this remains a priority for us throughout 2016 and beyond.”

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