Brake: 1 in 15 fail breath-tests

One in 15 breath-tested drivers were over the drinking limit in June, research shows.

One in 15 of all drivers breath-tested over the month of June were over the limit, a new study has found.

The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) found the results recorded 1.3 per cent more breath-tests than during the 2013 campaign, with target testing from police cited as one of the reasons for the rise.

Among under-25s, the failure rate was 7.5 per cent, equating to one in every 13 motorists. 

Research from the Department of Transport shows that one in six deaths on British roads are due to drink drivers over the legal limit of 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood.

Small amounts of alcohol can impact the reaction times of drivers, as well as their concentration levels. The substance can cause motorists to take unnecessary risks, putting their lives and the lives of others in danger.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of Brake, said: “Brake supports Acpo taking a proactive role in stopping deadly drink drivers.

“It is frustrating to see too many drivers still selfishly risking lives by getting behind the wheel after drinking, even when the dangers and consequences are so well documented. Our message to drivers is to pledge to never drive after drinking any alcohol - not a drop.”

Ms Townsend went on to say that the government needs to introduce a “zero-tolerance” drink drive limit.

She wants the law to be “crystal clear” regarding the amount of permissible drinking at the wheel and wants the government to give “greater priority” to traffic policing.

Brake wants to see the drink drive limit raised to 20mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood, as it believes this would help to reduce the number of accidents on the roads.

Government officials in Scotland and Northern Ireland have confirmed plans to reduce their limits to 50mg.

As well as this, in Northern Ireland, newly qualified drivers and commercial drivers will be given a limit of 20mg.

In the EU, a limit of no more than 50mg is recommended and Malta is the only country sharing the UK’s 80mg law. 


  • On: 25 July 2014
  • By: CarShop

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