Call for drink-drive zero tolerance

Call for drink-drive zero tolerance

Campaigners from a road safety charity are once again calling for a zero tolerance approach to help rid the UK's roads of drink drivers.

Brake has welcomed latest figures showing less motorists are being arrested and failing breathalyser checks, despite more being tested.

But it says the government could do even more by taking a zero tolerance approach and backing the police with more resources to combat drink and drug drivers.

The charity's deputy chief executive, Julie Townsend, said: "The police do great work catching these irresponsible drivers, but the government needs to give them the backing they need to do their job, by making traffic policing a national priority and adopting a zero tolerance limit.

"The message needs to be clear: it should be none for the road."

According to the Association of Chief Police Officers' new figures, a month-long Christmas and New Year campaign resulted in 6,550 arrests for drink and drug driving - 573 less than the year before.

The number of breath tests carried out over the festive period totalled 191,040 - well up on the 175,831 conducted in 2012.

The failure and refusal rate was down from 4% to 3.4%.

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