The number of motorists being breathalysed across the country dropped by almost a quarter in a year, The Daily Telegraph has reported.
A total of 24% fewer drivers were stopped by police officers for breath tests in May this year than 12 months previously, data obtained under a Freedom of Information request showed.
The figures indicate that the harsh economic climate, which has resulted in many consumers seekingcheap breakdown cover andcar insurance to meet tightened budgets, is also having an effect on police forces up and down the country.
Dedicated traffic officer levels had fallen in 20 of 35 forces who submitted a response to the FOI request, according to the figures. The overall reduction was 4.3%.
Robert Gifford, executive director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, said: "Roads policing is a key contribution to cutting casualties. Reductions in police officers will result in increases in risk on our roads."
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