Drink and drug-driving arrests over Christmas and new year were up 16% on the same period last year, according to the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Road safety charity Brake has welcomed police efforts to crack down on drink and drug-driving but has warned that more can be done by the Government. Despite an 8% decline in the number of breath tests in 2010, smarter police tactics led to an increase in arrests.
Brake has called for the Government to step up the deterrents for drink and drug-drivng and to make it an offence to drive with illegal drugs in your body. At present, police officers have to prove impairment before an arrest for drug driving can be made.
Ellen Booth is Brake's senior campaign officer. She said: "Brake commends the police for their continuing hard work protecting the public from those who flout drink and drug-driving laws."
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