HUDDERSFIELD campaigners today renewed their call for a change in drink-drive laws.
Huddersfield-based road safety charity Brake made its plea after a rise in the number of drivers failing Christmas breath tests.
A total of 8.9% tests proved positive in England and Wales between December 18 and January 2, compared with 8.71% last year.
Police chiefs said the rate had been gradually climbing since 1998.
Brake chief executive Mary Williams said: "Clearly, the Government's message on drink-driving is failing to get through.
"Shockingly, deaths involving drink-driving have risen by a third over the last decade.
"More needs to be done to tackle this escalating problem."
Brake and Green Flag Motoring Assistance published a survey showing drivers believed there was only a small chance of getting caught drinking and driving.
As many as 57% thought there was only a one in four or less chance of getting caught, while a third of drivers thought there was only a one in 10 chance.
The survey also found:
* 50% admitted to driving after drinking alcohol;
* 28% admitted to driving after consuming two or more units of alcohol;
* 10% owned up to drink-driving once a month or more often.
Mrs Williams said: "The current drink-drive limit is sending out the wrong message.
"The depressing reality is that under existing laws drivers think it is OK to have one drink and drive when it isn't.
"We want the Government to reduce the drink-drive limit and give police the power to carry out random breath tests.
"We need to implement more rigorous laws combined with greater police enforcement to tackle drink-driving."
Only then would the Government begin to see a reduction in the problem, she said.
Richard Brunstrom, the Association of Chief Police Officers' head of road policing and Chief Constable of North Wales Police, said it was time for the Government to lower the blood alcohol limit from 80mg to 50mg.