Time to change the law

A BRIGHOUSE road safety charity has renewed the call for the government to introduce a zero drink drive limit.

Figures released showed drivers failing breath tests during a summer crackdown by West Yorkshire Police was almost three times higher than the national average.

They showed 17 per cent of motorists in the county tested positive, or refused or failed to provide a breath sample. Out of 823 tests, 145 were positive.

Carole Whittingham, from SCARD - Support and Care After Road Death and Injury, said: “It is so disappointing that these figures are still going up year on year.

“The law is confusing. We want the government to say ‘if you drink you don’t drive, if you drive you don’t drink,’ so there are no grey areas.

“I have tried to get the Government to listen to what we are saying. Our research indicates the public is ready for this. People want to know what they can and can’t do. We would get rid of a huge majority of drink drivers if we did it.”

Nationally, six per cent of the 80,000 drivers tested during the June campaign gave positive tests - up from 5.6 per cent the previous year.

Police nationally increased field impairment tests, for drivers under the influence of drugs, resulting in 36 per cent of the motorists tested being arrested.

Seven per cent of drivers under the age of 25 who were stopped were breaking the drink-drive law.