Fleets should show zero tolerance to drink and drug drivers

ROAD safety charity Brake has called for fleets to show zero tolerance to drink and drug driving as results of the police summer crackdown are released


Data from the Association of Chief Police Officers’ summer enforcement campaign shows 5.8% (4,857) of the 83,224 drivers breathalysed in June tested positive, refused or failed a breath test: only a marginal drop from last year.


Additionally, 284 field impairment tests were conducted by police officers to test for drug-driving with 22.18% (63) resulting in an arrest.


A survey by Brake also shows nearly six in 10 fleets (57%) still do not test drivers for alcohol and an even greater proportion (63%) do not test for illegal drugs.


The figures are revealed in ‘Measuring the Risk’, sponsored by Licence Bureau, Brake’s report on its annual survey of fleets, with responses on road risk management from 134 organisations, which is to be published in August.


Drink and drug driving poses a huge threat on the road, says Brake, with 17% of drivers killed on the road in theUKhaving traces of illegal drugs in their system. Drivers who have drunk even a small amount of alcohol are at least three times more likely to crash.


To support fleet and road safety professionals to tackle the issue of drink and drug driving, and help them adopt a zero tolerance approach, Brake is running a one day ‘Zero tolerance’ seminar, sponsored by Dtec International, inBirminghamon Tuesday, September 25 on tackling drink and drug-driving.


Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: ‘Drink and drug-driving continue to be a menace on our roads, leading to catastrophic crashes every day.


‘It is crucial fleet professionals understand the risks and best practice in tackling these, and are taking all possible steps to eradicate drink and drug driving within their workforce.’


ACPO lead on roads policing, Deputy Chief Constable Suzette Davenport said: ‘Although there has been a reduction in 2012, this reduction is not big enough. There were still almost 5,000 drivers found to be driving under the influence who have not got the message.


‘Through our annual Christmas and summer campaigns we have consistently warned the public that drink and drug driving can kill. It can also lead to a lengthy driving ban and possible loss of jobs and livelihoods with some even facing imprisonment.


‘We are disappointed that there is still a group of people who are not listening or ignoring the consequences and continuing to drink or take drugs and drive.’


She added: ‘We know that drink and drugs impair judgement, reduce concentration and delay reaction speed and this is clearly leading to collisions that put people’s lives at risk.’


Seminar attendance costs £96 for Brake subscribers and £116 for non-subscribers. To book places contact Brake on admin@brake.org.uk or  +44 (0)1484 559909.


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