Drink-drive figures 'have risen'

The number of motorists caught driving under the influence of alcohol on the roads of England, Wales and Northern Ireland has increased this year, figures reveal.

A campaign launched by the Association of Chief Police officers (Acpo) to combat drink and drug driving witnessed 88,629 drivers being stopped and breath tested in June.

According to the figures released by Acpo, 5,373 (6.06%) tested positive, refused or failed a breath test compared with 5.6% in June 2010.

Figures also indicate that the percentage of the stopped drivers caught breaking the drink-drive law who were under the age of 25 stood at 7.40% - higher than the figure for those over 25, at 5.67%.

Chief Constable Phil Gormley, Acpo's lead officer on roads policing, said: "It is worrying that younger drivers continue to drink and drive and we will be redoubling our efforts to address this unacceptable behaviour."

The month-long drive also led to 122 arrests out of 337 drivers tested for drugs.

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