The latest statistics on breath tests for the year ending 31st March 2014 have been released, revealing that 683,631 breath tests were carried out by police forces in England and Wales, a similar figure to the previous year.
The numbers of failed or refused breath tests remains around 10% of those tested, amounting to approx. 68,363 potential drink drive incidents throughout the year.
The figures show the number of tests to be highest in December, in line with the annual drink driving campaigns that feature around the festive period, and in the summer when longer evenings and the temptation to stay for just one more drink are often the downfall of drink drivers.
The drink driving statistics 2014 also reveal the increasing use of digital breath test devices by many of the police forces across England and Wales, moving away from the manual recording devices, and potentially revealing much more accurate reporting data from their usage for future comparison.
The statistics released year on year are one of the key indicators of the success of drink driving education including the hard hitting government led campaigns run by Think! through to the drink drive rehabilitation scheme (DDRS) courses operated by TTC Group PLC.
Whilst the statistics show that the figures are currently stable, it is important that road safety education continues to ensure that drivers clearly understand the impact of drink driving and prevent drink-driving incidents from occurring in the first place.
If you have already been impacted by a drink driving incident and have been offered a course by the courts as part of your rehabilitation, then why not visit www.ttc-uk.com/DrinkDriveEducation to find the nearest course centre to you, providing you with the knowledge to become a more informed and safer driver.