Drink and drug driving on the rise

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  • | by Kristian Dando
More Britons are taking to the roads while under the influence than the same time last year, according to new figures from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). Despite there being a smaller number of tests conducted on drivers, there was an increase of 8 per cent rise in people who tested positive for alcohol in June compared to the same time in 2010. ACPO lead on roads policing chief constable  Phil Gormley said: “Whilst there has been a fall in the number of breath tests carried out in this year’s campaign the increase in the percentage of positive test shows that we are targeting the offending drivers more effectively. Once again, the figures clearly demonstrate that if you drink and drive you are significantly more likely to be involved in a collision and lose your licence. It is worrying that younger drivers continue to drink and drive and we will be redoubling our efforts to address this unacceptable behaviour." Ellen Booth, senior campaigns officer at said Road Safety charity Brake reflected: "These statistics show that a shocking number of drivers are wilfully taking huge risks with their lives and the lives of others. It is vitally important there is an effective deterrent to stop drivers who know the risks involved in drink driving, but decide to do it anyway.” She continued: “Our message to drivers is that drink and drug driving is an abhorrent crime that wrecks lives every day, so don't kid yourself you can get away with it. Make a personal commitment to never get behind the wheel after taking drugs or drinking even a small amount of alcohol - not one drag, not one drop.”