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Drive drink and drug free - getting the message across

As national drink drive figures are released, local figures in Warwickshire still show a low percentage of those providing a positive breath test.

In Warwickshire 43 people either refused to give a test or tested positive after being breath tested over December 2017. This equates to 5% of the total number breathalysed across December. An additional 13 people in Warwickshire also failed the new roadside drugs test as part of the campaign.

As well as enforcement activity the consequences of being caught driving under the influence were highlighted across social media and local radio advertising took place across the region. The advertising campaign supported the national month long winter drink drive enforcement campaign that was launched on 1st December by the National Police Chiefs' Council (NPCC).

Figures indicate that, over the past 3 years, 8 people were killed and 81 seriously injured in Warwickshire following collisions where drink or drugs were recorded as a contributory factor

Warwickshire Police Chief Constable Martin Jelley said: "The percentage of those motorists testing positive for alcohol or drugs is low and this is encouraging, showing that the message is getting through. However there are still irresponsible drivers thinking they can risk drinking and driving or driving under the influence of drugs, ignoring the devastating consequences that this can cause for them, their family, friends and other road users."