News- ACPO Summer Drink and Drug Driving Campaign Results
West Midlands Police Traffic Unit officers participated in the ACPO Summer Drink and Drug Driving Campaign between 1 and 30 June 2011. During this time 415 breath tests were administered following collisions, with a further 1,289 breath tests which did not follow a collision. A total of 213 people either failed the test or failed or refused to provide a sample. 73 of those failing were aged under 25.
Inspector Mick Hartill of the Traffic Unit said:
"Once again West Midlands Police has invested resources into raising the profile of Drink and Drug Driving in the month of June, prior to the summer peak of offending and collisions.
"This is a year-round issue for drivers who make a conscious decision whether to risk causing death and serious injury or being prosecuted, imprisoned and disqualified from driving. Police and emergency services colleagues see the tragic outcome of drink driving on a regular basis and urge all drivers to err on the side of caution and not drive when their abilities are impaired.
"Police and Road Safety Partnership colleagues have mounted dedicated enforcement and education operations across the area during June to highlight the problem in younger and older drivers, during early morning rush hours and late in the evenings."