JAN 01] WEST MIDLANDS POLICE NEWS
Drink Driving Still A Problem, Figures Show
number of drink drivers on the road over Christmas fell in the
West Midlands but rose in Warwickshire, results of the annual
campaign have shown.
the campaign, which ran over Christmas and the New Year police
in both forces stopped thousands of vehicles for a variety of
tests are required after a collision, if there has been a moving
traffic offence or if officers suspect drink driving.
the West Midlands 195 drivers out of 2,300 failed tests. In
Warwickshire 42 out of 398 tested positive, with 32 of these
being charged. Last year 26 people were charged after 37
positive tests carried out among 420 drivers.
people in the West Midlands were involved in road traffic
collisions over the festive period: 235 this year against 154
for last year.
said they were pleased that the number of positive breath tests
taken from those in accidents fell to 32 rather than the 65 who
gave a positive test last year.
Warwickshire 22 of 173 drivers involved in collisions tested
positive – 12.7 per cent, with 56 collisions resulting in
injury. Last year the 19 out of 126 (15 per cent) tested
positive, with 43 tests following injury collisions.
Insp Martyn Thomas from the West Midlands Police traffic unit
everyone is well aware, people in the West Midlands faced some
horrendous driving conditions over the Christmas and New Year
period and we believe that the torrential rain and snow falls
added to the number of collisions.
are pleased to see that the amount of drivers who gave
positive breath tests fell by some 50 per cent but are
disappointed that the message failed to get through to some
drivers in our region.
officers across the force area stopped some 13,500 motorists
during the festive period and required breath tests from 2,300
- 195 of those gave positive samples.
message to motorists was clear at the start of our high
profile campaign, we said we were determined to catch those
who continued to flout the law and we kept that pledge.
we actively support the seasonal crack down on drink driving,
it is worth stressing once more that we see drink driving as
an ongoing problem and maintain a continuous campaign to deter
motorists from drinking and driving and wrecking lives."
figures for the 1998/1999, 1999/2000 and 2000/2001 in the West
number of breath tests of drivers involved in collision
- 810, 711 and 650
number of those tests that were positive 54, 65, and 32
number of collisions resulting in injuries 278, 154 and 235
Insp Dave Barratt of Warwickshire police added:
have 32 people charged or reported for drink driving offences
over just 16 days is very disappointing.
Police will continue to target those suspected of drink
driving throughout the year and anyone flouting the law and
who puts other road users at risk will be dealt with very
driving is dangerous, Even one driver over the limit is one
driver too many.”