Drink driving on the rise again

23/07 Updated: 24/07 16:21

DRINK driving has gone up for the second year running.

Figures show during June 253 drivers failed roadside breath tests on the West Midlands' road - a rise of 40.

The number of under-25s who tested positive remained roughly stable, with a small decrease, but the number of over-25s who tested positive, refused to provide or failed the test increased from 140 last year to 202 this June.

Officers arrested 24 drivers on suspicion of being unfit to drive through drink or drugs.

A total of 1,746 people were stopped and breath tested during the month long campaign.

Inspector Greg Jennings said: "Drink and drug driving remains a significant contributor to deaths on the roads and the summer months represent a peak in that danger.

"During this June, West Midlands Police have targeted the small minority who selfishly continue to risk their own lives and those of innocent parties.

"The summer of 2012 is a unique and exciting time for Great Britain with Olympic teams and events here in the West Midlands.

"We hope that everyone will enjoy this summer and drivers will act responsibly in the knowledge that the only safe level of alcohol to drive with is zero. Drinking any alcohol consumption will impair your ability to drive."

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