A ROAD safety charity has praised the police’s drink and drug campaign – but says more could be done.
National figures showed around 7,100 people were arrested in the month-long police Christmas and New Year campaign targeting drink and drug drivers, up 16% from the same period last year, according to new figures released by the Association of Chief Police Officers.
Using intelligence to focus on known routes favoured by drink and drug drivers and acting on information from the public, enabled an increase in arrests despite breath tests being down by 8% compared to 2010.
Huddersfield-based charity Brake praised police for their work to tackle drink and drug driving in the face of severe budget cuts.
However, the group is urging the government to make it easier to catch drink and drug drivers, and enable a greater deterrent against this deadly behaviour, by introducing roadside drug testing devices and creating a new offence making it illegal to drive with illegal drugs in the body.
Anyone who has been bereaved or seriously injured in a crash can call the Brake helpline for support on 0845 603 8570.