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Too many still ignore drink drive warnings

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One in every 15 drivers breath-tested during a recent crackdown on drink driving was over the legal limit, according to alarming new figures.

In June, 63, 688 were given a breath test and 4108 failed, suggesting that despite a number of high-profile campaigns, the dangers of drink driving are still being ignored by a sizeable minority of motorists.

Young drivers are the worst offenders, with the 7.5 per cent of those pulled over by police found to be over the limit.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive of road safety charity Brake, said: “It is frustrating to see too many drivers still selfishly risking lives by getting behind the wheel after drinking, even when the dangers and consequences are so well documented.

“Our message to drivers is to pledge to never drive after drinking any alcohol – not a drop.”

The drink drive campaign was launched by the Association of Chief Police Officers, with forces across the country stepping up efforts to catch those putting lives in danger.

It was timed to coincide with the start of the World Cup – there is often a spike in offences during the football tournament, with people returning home from watching matches.

Responding to the statistics, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said: “I am disappointed in the figures emerging from this summer’s campaign, but I am confident that, year on year, we have started to get through to people.

“As the year progresses, officers nationwide will continue to be vigilant and do their utmost to keep our road users safe from those who make reckless decisions behind the wheel.”

Those charged face a 12-month driving ban, a fine of up to £5000 and a criminal record.

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