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Percentage of drink/drug drivers in June doubles

The percentage of people caught driving under the influence increased. Photo: Philip Toscano/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The percentage of people who were found to be driving under the influence, when tested by police in June 2015, was double compared to last year.

The annual summer drink and drug driving crackdown ran throughout June, and 501 people were breath-tested.

2015:

  • 501 people tested - 181 tests administered after a collision
  • 41 tested positive, or failed to provide a test - 23 following a collision
  • That's 8%

That's double the percentage last year, however, around three times as many people were tested in 2014.

2014:

  • 1,587 people tested
  • 66 tested positive, or failed to provide a test - 16 following a collision
  • That's 4%

Cumbria Police says the increase is down to the intelligence-led tests used by the force this year.

It was also the first campaign to test people suspected of driving under the influence of drugs.

This year saw a focused targeting of suspected offenders. This has led to the percentage increase doubling from the 2014 summer campaign. Results like this are always disappointing as it shows that motorists continue to gamble their own or other road user’s lives by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Any amount of alcohol or drugs can affect a motorist’s ability to drive safely. Our advice to all motorists is that if you’re planning on driving a vehicle, do not drink any alcohol or take drugs. Different amounts of alcohol or drugs can have different effects due to a wide range of variables.

Over half those caught under the influence were following collisions, if people continue to drive whilst they have alcohol or drugs in their system it will only be a matter of time before we are dealing with the fatal consequences."

– Chief Inspector Matt Kennerley