- T​his Christmas, be smart, don't drink and drive.

T​here are many reasons to feel joyous during the festive season.

F​un, 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.

T​he 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.

F​ar 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.

T​he team at Vantage Leasing have been reviewing the figures and created an interactive map to help see the trends across England.

W​ant to know the stats in your area of England?

V​antage Leasing have built an interactive map to show the figure

V​antage Leasing have built an interactive map to show the figure

W​ant to check out the interactive map yourself? Click here

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.

R​egardless of how you feel about booze, police or government policy right now in the UK, please use your head.

D​on't drink and drive this Christmas.

J​oin the Is it Fast? Tribe

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