West Midlands Police double drink-drive tests in summer crackdown

The number of drivers tested on suspicion of drinking behind the wheel in the West Midlands has more than doubled – but the percentage found breaking the law has been slashed, it was revealed today.

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More than 350 drivers tested positive, failed or refused drink driving tests in the first month of summer as part of a crackdown by West Midlands Police.

Figures released today show that during June officers carried out 4,209 tests, which is more than double the 1,746 carried out last year.

However the figures show that the percentage of those breaking the law behind the week is down more than six per cent on last year.

A total of 355 people tested positive, failed or refused tests - 8.4 per cent - compared to 253 drivers last year, or 14.5 per cent.

Under 25s formed a key part of the campaign as officers of West Midlands Police, which is headed by Chief Constable Chris Sims, worked closely with schools and local communities to educate young drivers.

In total 935 under 25s were tested during the month, with 84 (nine per cent) found to be over the limit – a decrease from the 15 per cent of young drivers who tested positive in 2012.

Insp Greg Jennings, from the force’s Traffic Unit, said: “Sadly drink drivers continue to pose a danger to everyone on the road and we do see a peak in offending during the summer months.

“During June we carried out thousands of breath tests on drivers across the West Midlands, targeting the minority of motorists who put themselves and others at risk.

“While there was an increase in the number of people who failed tests compared to last year the percentage has fallen dramatically which is positive – however eight per cent of people falling tests is still too high. We’ve also been working to educate young drivers about the implications of drink driving and what can happen if you are found to be over the limit.

“Penalties for a drink drive conviction could include a prison sentence, a fine, losing your licence for at least a year, a criminal record, loss of employment and huge car insurance premiums in the future. If you are convicted of being over the limit it will probably impact every aspect of your life.

“Getting behind the wheel after drinking is reckless and puts innocent lives in danger, the simple advice is to never drive after consuming any alcohol. It doesn’t happen accidentally, it’s a conscious decision and we would urge friends of those planning to drink and drive to step in and stop them.”

Comments for: "West Midlands Police double drink-drive tests in summer crackdown"

JIWAL

As much as I applaud the Police for extra breath tests its high time the penalties were greater for using mobile phones/texting while driving. I drive up and down the M6 every day and it is littered with morons tapping away on their devices. It should be a ban for using mobiles, its just as dangerous as drink driving

Meanwhile Mrs Smith was burgled and all she got was a crime number.

Dilly Dally Dolly

True but she will be looked after by relatives and possessions can be replaced, if Mr smith has been on the beer and hits me whilst i cycle to work I'm dead meat or cabbage'd, you obviously seem to think that drink driving is perfectly acceptable on the other hand.

Codsall Wolf (the real one)

There appears to be more of a risk from druggy drivers these days, spaced out with their baseball caps on back to front, just bombing along with music on really loud.

These are probably the same ones who robbed Mrs Smith in the first place to get some cash to buy their wacky backy.....

P.S. Cyclists are like tractors or JCB's, shouldn't be allowed on the road during peak traffic times???

sallybuchanan

Nail firmly on the head.

BOF

Strikes me that the polcie need to improve their detective skills! Perhaps they are the ones inebriated?

More people being tested but less being found drunk. That sounds as if the polcie are poor at detecting or they are stopping people without a real suspicion!

Do not answer their questions, name and number is all they require. then ask for a solicitor to help you answer their questions.

The new SUS law I suppose! Watch out if you belong to a particular cultural or ethnic group, the new Stop me and Blow One law is going to get ya!!!!!!!

And if you argue they arrest you for breach of the peace.

Come on BOB cut these bobbies out of your ranks before the next new scandal emerges.

Can we have data on the types of people being stopped?

UTW

s

Wondered when the "race" card would be along, took longer than expected.

BOF

You know it makes sense though, Mr Policeman?

Lawrence case seems to come to mind????? underhand too Mr Policeman.

The SUS laws and other experiences teaches wisdom.

Police = underhand attempts to get certain people into trouble.

The data proves that you are inadequate at detective work. hence, you drive a car and stop ceertain people without GOOD cause.

Case proven, me thinks

s

Of course, speeding and drink drivers are cash cows for the Police, hence that's where they put all their resources, catching thieving scum, well that earns them nothing and it's far to time consuming.

Wolvobird

Never mind all the drink drivers, what about the yobbo's walking the streets and trashing peoples cars in the early hours they worked hard to save for. Seems the police have it so wrong at times. The 15 yr olds returning home at 4-5am in the morning drunk or worse stoned out their skulls. Where are the parents?

Dilly Dally Dolly

One thing that i would say about people complaining about being caught... dont drink and drive and then you should have no need to be worried?

I agree punishments for "petty" crimes are not strong enough like vandalism, damaging peoples cars, property, bus stops ect. slap on the risk and taken home to mommy and daddy..... i blame the parents...