New Government Breathalyser Statistics Out Today

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Our leading motoring offences solicitor says the recent spring heatwave should remind motorists of the year-round drink driving risk. New government stats published today should serve as a reminder to UK drivers that Christmas isn’t the only time they could get pulled over for drunk driving.BreathalyzerAnnual figures for breathalyser tests carried out by UK police forces have been issued by the Home Office today and Julie Robertson, head of Simpson Millar LLP Motoring Offences team says that good weather often prompts a rise in the number of motorists stopped.

"There’s a clear indication from recent years that the Police target motorists when the weather improves, with people more likely to drink as the evenings grow warmer and the nights shorten," says Julie. "This typically means motorists are twice as likely to be stopped during June and July, but it’s possible if we have a prolonged heatwave that this could happen earlier."

What The Data Tells Us

The Home Office statistics show a spike of breath tests carried out during the first month of summer in previous years. Police carried out 108,592 breath tests during June 2013 in comparison to the average being just 53,974 per month with other spring and summer months not reaching far above 40,000 tests per month.

It is also worth noting that in 2013 the most common fixed penalty notice for a motoring offence was speeding, accounting for 62%. That is a much higher proportion than in previous years. Of all fixed penalty notices, the fine was paid 95% of the time, rather than being referred to court.

The Heat is On

With UK current temperatures towering above some of our most desired holiday destinations, an early summer heatwave crackdown on drink-driving could see police step up their targeting of motorists.

"With more chances of being pulled over, drivers should really remember that the consequences of drink-driving could be very serious, include losing a licence, or even a job," adds Julie.


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