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Results from the Christmas Drink Drive Campaign

More than 7,100 people were arrested in the month-long Christmas and New Year campaign targeting drink and drug drivers.

During the crackdown nearly 157,000 people were stopped and tested.

Despite clear messages that driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs isn’t accepted, more than 7,000 drivers ignored the messages and placed their own lives and the lives of fellow road users in jeopardy.

The campaign ran from 1 December 2011 to 1 January 2012 with officers from 43 forces throughout England and Wales testing drivers at all times of the day and night.

This year forces undertook intelligence led testing. The result was that a larger percentage of the smaller sample of drivers tested, failed the test.

Young drivers continue to have a higher rate of offending at 5.7% compared to over 25s at 4%. Figures also supported claims that those driving under the influence are more likely to be involved in a collision.

The results show that if you drive whilst under the influence, you are at greater risk of being involved in a collision. 7% of people tested after collisions were found to be under the influence compared to 4.1% for routine tests. This shows a clear, demonstrable link between drinking and drug driving and crashing.

An increased number of field impairment tests were carried out on drivers to see if they were driving under the influence of drugs. The 36% increase in tests shows that forces are taking the issue seriously and are determined to reduce the number of killed and seriously injured on our roads through drug use.


National Totals 2010 2011


Total breath tests administered NOT involving collisions 146624 (2010) 131588 (2011)

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed 4920 (2010) 5395 (2011)

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused 3.36 (2010) 4.10 (2011)

Total breath tests administered FOLLOWING collisions 23928 (2010) 24981 (2011)

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed 1742 (2010) 1729 (2011)

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused 7.28 (2010) 6.92 (2011)

Total number of collisions recorded 30738 (2010) 24586 (2011)

Total number of breath tests administered to UNDER 25s 39837 (2010) 36227 (2011)

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed 2126 (2010) 2074 (2011)

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused 5.34 (2010) 5.73 (2011)

Total number of breath tests administered to 25 YEARS AND OVER 124488 (2010) 118119 (2011)

Total of those that were positive, refused or failed 4194 (2010) 4783 (2011)

% of total tested that were positive, failed or refused 3.37 (2010) 4.05 (2011)

Total number of FIELD IMPAIRMENT TESTS conducted 396 (2010) 540 (2011)

Total of those that resulted in a Section 4 arrest 82 (2010) 91 (2011)

% of total tested that resulted in a Section 4 arrest 20.71 (2010) 16.85 (2011)

Total number of Sec 4 Arrests NOT following a FIT test 613 (2010) 818 (2011)

Total number of Sec 4 arrests following a collision 141 (2010) 247 (2011)

source AIRSO