Figures spring drink-drive shock

A far higher proportion of motorists are failing drink-drive tests in spring than over the Christmas and new year period, figures show.

New Government data reveal that December has by far the lowest percentage of positive drink-drive tests or refusals to take a breath test.

The figures relating to 2009 show that in March, the number of drivers found over the legal alcohol limit or refusing to be breath tested was as high as 17%. The April 2009 figure was 16%, as was the May figure.

This compares with just 5% of drivers failing tests in December 2009, when almost 190,000 drink-drive tests were conducted.

Fewer than 47,000 breath tests were carried out in each of March and April 2009.

Overall, the Home Office figures showed:

:: In 2009, a total of 813,288 breath tests were carried out - 14% more than in 2008.

:: The number of positive tests in 2009 increased by 3% on the 2008 total.

:: With more tests carried out in 2009 than in the previous year, the proportion of positive or failed tests fell from 13% in 2008 to 12% in 2009.

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