Police reveal 42 people in Warwickshire refused or failed a drink drive test during Christmas campaign

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A total of 42 people refused to give a breath test or tested positive for drink and drugs during the Christmas drink drive campaign in Warwickshire.

The overall percentage of positive breath tests has shown a decrease despite a record high for the number of people tested during December 2013.

In Warwickshire 36 people either refused to give a test or tested positive for drink or drugs over December 2013 - 2.7 per cent of those breathalysed. This remains constant from those tested over the region during the same period in 2012.

An additional six people either refused to give a test or tested positive for drink or drugs following a collision, 3.4 per cent of those tested following a collision; compared to 5.1 per cent over the same period in 2012.

Vicki Bristow, communications manager at the Safer Roads Partnership, said: “Although the percentage drop isn’t large, it’s encouraging that the number of positive breath tests we are seeing overall and after collisions is steadily reducing however, there are still a significant number of motorists ignoring the simple message that drinking or taking drugs and driving ruins lives.

“It’s worrying that there are still motorists out there that think they can risk having a drink and driving. Our simple message to them is it’s not worth it - driving after drinking or taking drugs will continue to be a focus over this year to ensure Warwickshire’s roads become safer for all”.

Superintendent Lee Davenport of Warwickshire Police said: “It’s encouraging that the percentage of motorists testing positive is decreasing, showing that the message is getting through.

“Overall Warwickshire and West Mercia Police conducted 6,275 breath tests throughout December; this was an increase on previous years and shows commitment from both forces to tackling this problem to bring down the number of positive tests even further. However despite our many warnings over the festive period and throughout the year there are still far too many irresponsible drivers ignoring the devastating consequences that drinking and driving can cause for them, their family, friends and other road users.

“Our figures show that we are moving in the right direction but enforcing the drink driving law is a year round, 24 hours a day, seven days a week activity for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police and will continue to be a priority throughout 2014.”