Police Cuts Coincide with Highest Drink-Drive Spike in 9 years
There are many reasons to feel joyous during the festive season.
Fun, family and being thankful run high this time of year and part of that, whether we like it or not, is the consumption of alchohol.
The downside to all this merriment, is that this time of year also results in people being silly, having a drink and getting behind the wheel.
Far be it from me to want to put a downer on Christmas, we all have a duty to be responsible road users.
Fatal and serious drink-drive casualties have reached their highest level since 2010, according to the analysis of Department for Transport (DfT) figures.
Christmas sees the boys in blue become even busier with a 20% increase in drink drive incidents being reported.
The team at Vantage Leasing have been reviewing the figures and created an interactive map to help see the trends across England.
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Vantage Leasing have built an interactive map to show the figure
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Vantage Leasing Managing Director, Rob Walker, said: “Drink-driving remains a serious issue for UK road safety. Since 2010, we’ve seen a 17% drop in full-time police numbers. At the same time, drink drive fatalities and serious accidents have gone up. While having more officers won’t solve the problem of drink-driving entirely, they will undoubtedly help reduce the issue.”
Since 2010, police forces across the UK have experienced a 17% cut in full-time officer numbers. With less officers on the street, it won't come as a surprise that roadside breath tests are down. In fact, they are down 55%.
In 2010, police across the UK conducted 737,000 roadside tests, with 11% recorded as positive for alcohol. In 2017, just 326,000 roadside breath tests took place, with 16% of all drivers recording a positive sample. The Government recently announced a national campaign to recruit 20,000 more police officers over the next three years.
Regardless of how you feel about booze, police or government policy right now in the UK, please use your head.
Don't drink and drive this Christmas.