Drink-drive figures show no decline

* 4.99% of tested drivers are over limit * Figures similar to previous year's * Marked increase in under-25s failing test...

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What Car? Staff
22 January 2009

Drink-drive figures show no decline

More than 9000 drivers were arrested for drink-driving during the Christmas period.

In total, 183,397 UK drivers were tested between December 1, 2008 and January 1, 2009 - an increase of more than 25,000 from the 2007 campaign.

The percentage of drivers who tested positive remained largely static at 4.99% - equating to 9148 drivers being arrested.

However, there was an 11% increase in under-25s failing breath tests.

Chief Constable of Gwent Police, Mick Giannasi, said: 'The percentage of drivers who tested positive, refused or failed to provide a sample following a breath test has remained largely consistent from the 2007 operation.

'Unfortunately, that means there are still people out there who are not getting the message.'