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Women in West Yorkshire far less likely to be given a breath test than men

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Over 80 per cent of drivers asked to take a breathalyser test were male, according to figures from West Yorkshire Police.

The statistics, made available following a Freedom of Information request, showed that women in the region were up to five times less likely to be subjected to a roadside breath test.

The figures for the 12 months to August showed that overall, 6.3 out of every 1000 motorists were asked to take the test by officers.

Some argue that the number of women breathalysed reflects the fact that they are, on average, less likely to break the drink drive laws.

However, there is concern that many of the ladies who do flout the law have previously admitted that the low risk of getting caught is a factor.

Gus Park, of Direct Line Car Insurance, which collated the information, said that in an earlier study, 14 per cent of female drink drivers revealed they did not expect to be caught.

“Roadside testing is an important deterrent and helps to improve driver safety by keeping intoxicated motorists off the road,” he said.

“With such a small difference between the proportion of men and women who pass a breath test, it’s surprising to see a discrepancy in the overall numbers being tested.”

In related news, police forces are warning drivers not to rely on DIY breath-testing kits to check if they are fit to get behind the wheel.

Trading standards officers in the South West recently tested 14 shop-bought sets, nine of which indicated that a user was safe to drive when in actual fact they were over the limit.

At Lester Morrill we are experienced in handling cases relating to drink driving and through our experience we will look to identify weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, as well as advising you on mitigating circumstances which may help to avoid disqualification. To find out how we can assist you in such matters, contact us today.