One In Five Drink Drive Arrests Are The Morning After

Thu 30th May 2019

New data released by the government has revealed that a fifth of all drink drive convictions are actually made the morning after a heavy night’s drinking.

The figures show that 17.8 per cent of those punished are actually caught between the hours of 7am and 1pm, and that a third of breath tests made by the police in the same time period.

Police forces across the UK are gearing up for the annual drink-drive crackdown, with the summer months one of the busiest times. The most recent available figures from the summer of 2017 show that 36,041 drivers were breathalysed, 50 per cent higher than the monthly average and the spike was seemingly justified with 3,275 testing positive.

Speaking to Auto Express Hunter Abbott, managing director of breathalyser firm AlcoSense Laboratories, said: “The police always focus on June as, statistically, it’s a drink drive hotspot.

“With warmer weather, sporting events and barbeques, June is a month when motorists are more likely to unintentionally drink drive the morning after socialising – posing a risk to themselves and other road users.”

Police in Merseyside were the busiest force in the summer of 2017, performing 3,010 roadside breath tests, with 2,532 carried out in Hampshire and 2,265 in the Thames Valley.