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'Irresponsible' drink drivers putting lives at risk say police

Leamington Editorial 3rd Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

IRRESPONSIBLE drivers are still putting lives at risk by getting behind the wheel after drinking say police chiefs.

During December 84 drivers in Warwickshire tested positive or refused to take a breath test for drink driving – equating to three per cent of the total breathalysed.

An additional 26 people also failed new roadside drugs tests.

Over the last three years four people have been killed and 74 seriously injured on the county’s roads.

Warwickshire and West Mercia Police Supt Daryn Elton said: “The percentage of those motorists testing positive for alcohol 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, ignoring the devastating consequences that this can cause for them, their family, friends and other road users.

“I welcome that we now also have both the testing ability and legislation in place to tackle those people who think it’s acceptable to drive under the influence of drugs and this will form an important part of our policing into 2016.

“Enforcing the drink and drug drive law is a year round commitment and this remains a priority for us throughout 2016.”