NEARLY 30 per cent more breath tests were conducted over the Christmas period in Warwickshire and West Mercia than the year before.
Police say test figures for Warwickshire and West Mercia—whose forces are merging—reveal an “encouraging downward trend” in drink and drug-driving.
In December 2012, just 163 people either refused to give a test or tested positive for drink or drugs, out of a whopping 5,425 breath tests conducted in the area.
This is just three per cent, compared to six per cent who tested positive or refused to give a test in December 2011.
Supt Lee Davenport, of Warwickshire and West Mercia Police, said: “It’s encouraging that the percentage of motorists testing positive is decreasing, showing that the message is getting through.
"However despite our many warnings over the festive period and throughout the year there are still far too many irresponsible drivers ignoring the devastating consequences that drinking and driving can cause.”
In the three years between November 2009-November 2012, seven people lost their lives in Warwickshire and 94 were seriously injured following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor.
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