Police see rise in drink driving

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THE number of people risking their lives and those of others by drink and drug driving has shot up by 13.3 per cent.

The ‘disappointing’ statistics were revealed by Suffolk Police following a month-long campaign in June when officers conducted 507 breath tests across the county.

Of the tests, 111 were positive, which equates to 21.9 per cent – compared to 8.6 per cent out of the 711 tests made last year.

Inspector Bruce Gent, of the Road Policing Unit, said: “These figures are very disappointing.

“Over a fifth of people tested have failed to act with consideration or acknowledge the greatly increased risks they face by drink driving and this is unacceptable.”

Of the 507 who were breathalysed, 114 were aged 25 and under with 21 testing positive, which is the equivalent of 18 per cent.

Meanwhile, 393 were conducted on drivers aged over 25 with 90 being found under the influence.

There were 211 tests routinely conducted on each party involved in road traffic collisions with 41 people over the limit – equal to 19 per cent.

Of the 111 failed tests, 60 were carried out on Saturdays and Sundays with 47 of these taking place in the morning.

Insp Gent added: “Those offending need to realise that they are not just putting themselves at risk but other innocent road users as well. This is a very serious issue and can have severe consequences.

“Motorists must also be aware of how long alcohol can remain in your system. The figures suggest drivers are getting behind the wheel having been drinking the night before. Even if you feel fine the next morning you must recognise that you may still be over the limit and you should not drive.”