More young drivers fail breath tests

South Yorkshire Police Officers
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Don’t let the hot weather land you in hot water – that’s the message from South Yorkshire Police traffic officers to motorists who might be tempted to drink and drive.

The warning comes as the results of the Association of Chief Police Officers’ summer campaign to tackle drink and drug driving are revealed.

The campaign, carried out during June, was aimed at under 25s and day-time drinkers attending barbeques or weekend events. Nationally the percentage of those failing breath or drug tests has fallen but in South Yorkshire, the number of those caught over the alcohol limit has risen.

Officers breath tested 1,509 people - 118 of whom were positive and arrested. This is a rise from 5.2 per cent at the Christmas campaign to 7.8 per cent. In the under 25s category, more than 10 per cent failed – an increase of 2.6 per cent.

Four further motorists were arrested after officers carried out Field Impairment Tests for drugs.

Said Acting Sergeant Anthony Tankard, of the Roads Policing Team: “It’s disappointing that despite ongoing, high-profile campaigns, people still choose to put themselves and others at risk through selfish actions, that some people are convinced they won’t be caught and misguidedly believe it’s OK to drive when they’ve had drink or drugs.”