New figures reveal that West Mercia Police caught over 100 drink drivers in June 2017. 121 people tested positive for alcohol on a breath test or refused to give a test entirely, while an additional 43 were caught in Warwickshire.
As part of a campaign to highlight the dangers of driving under the influence, a further 107 failed roadside drugs tests in West Mercia, with 13 in Warwickshire.
In West Mercia alone there were 122 deaths or serious injuries as a direct result of collisions involving drivers under the influence of drink or drugs over the last three years. The figure for Warwickshire was 89 for the same period.
The force in West Mercia has pointed out that around eight percent of those breathalysed in June’s campaign failed the test and reminded drivers that this will continue to constitute a significant part of policing in future campaigns.
Chief Superintendent Steve Cullen said for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police: “While the results indicate that the majority of motorists are using our roads responsibly, there are still irresponsible drivers out there who think they can risk drinking or taking drugs and driving, ignoring the devastating consequences that this can cause for them, their family, friends and other road users.
“I welcome that we now have both the testing ability and legislation in place to tackle those people who think it’s acceptable to drive under the influence of drugs.
“Enforcing the drink and drug drive law is a year round commitment for both forces, and we continue to work with our partners to reduce harm on the roads.”
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