Merseyside Police is pleased to report that more than 97% of motorists drove responsbily during the Christmas and New Year period.   During the force’s seasonal campaign, that ran from 1 December until 31 December, officers carried out 7832 breath tests and subsequently arrested 175 people for drink driving related offences.  This means that 2.2%* of all drivers breathalysed were arrested. The Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) has recently published figures that show over 175,000 drivers were breath tested throughout the UK during the four week campaign, with 4% of drivers failing the test.

Chief Inspector John Hogan of Merseyside Police’s Roads Policing Department said: “The results of this years campaign show that the majority of motorists are driving responsibly and not taking the risk of driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Of the 7000 drivers stopped, just 2% of drivers went on to fail the test and were arrested, a figure that is below the national average.

“It is still disappointing that a minority of drivers continue to put themselves and others at risk by drinking or taking drugs before driving. Our message is clear, it is totally unacceptable to jeopardise your life and the lives of others by drink or drug driving and my officers will continue to target irresponsible drivers and ensure that they feel the full force of the law. ”

Figures also show that during the Christmas period, there was a fall in road traffic collisions with 414 incidents compared to 554 in 2011. Following collisions, of the 799 drivers breathalysed, 44 were refused, positive or failed.   Of the 33 drug impairment tests conducted by officers during the campaign, 5 arrests were made.   Chf Insp Hogan added: “Drinking even a small amount of alcohol will impair your judgement and general ability to drive safely, and it is really not worth the risk.   “Throughout 2013 we will continue using an intelligence-led approach to stop drink drivers by using information provided by the public and targeting key locations and key times of the day and night. We are determined to do all we can to make our roads safer and I urge drivers to continue to play their part by not drink driving.” Drivers who were arrested and charged with drink driving offences over the Christmas and New Year period will be named on Force’s website from Monday (21 January). Please visit for for further information.

Merseyside Police remains committed to tackling illegal and dangerous driving throughout the year in an effort to reduce the number of people who are killed or seriously injured on the roads of Merseyside.

Although the force holds dedicated drink and drug drive campaigns during the summer and at Christmas, officers conduct breath tests and impairment tests throughout the year.

Any driver involved in a road traffic collision, or who commits any traffic offences, can expect to be breathalysed and may be required to perform an impairment test. Should they fail these tests the penalties can be severe.

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