Drink-driving figures dip


Emily Davies

DRINK-DRIVING figures have dipped in June, according to new figures from West Mercia and Warwickshire police.

The roadside stop check statistics show a slight decline for both forces from seven per cent in June 2013 to 6.5 per cent in June 2014 which was commended by the Safer Roads Partnership and both police forces.

It coincides with the Summer anti-drink and drug campaign 'Kick Drink Drive' aimed at raising awareness of the consequences while the World Cup was being televised.

Vicki Bristow, Communications Manager for the Safer Roads Partnership said 2,777 tests were administed, adding: "It’s encouraging that the percentage of those testing positive for drink or drugs is steadily falling, especially over the sunny weather and World Cup period, but there is still work to be done.

"Further analysis is being done on the data we have collected to see what areas need to be focused on for further campaigns. Our message is simple and continues to be ‘Don’t drink and drive – it’s not worth the risk.’"
Supt Lee Davenport, Head of the Force Operations Department, Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, added: “Cracking down on those who take drugs or drink and then drive is a year round commitment for both forces and our recent enforcement activity reflects this.

"Our figures are encouraging but there is work still to be done and despite our many warnings about not driving if you’ve had a drink, there are still far too many irresponsible drivers ignoring the devastating consequences that drinking and driving can cause for them, their family, friends and other road users. Anyone who drives after they have been drinking is gambling not only with their own lives, but also with the lives of their passengers and the lives of other road users.
"Enforcing the drink driving law is a year round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week activity for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police and will continue to be a priority throughout the rest of 2014."  

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