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More than half of UK drivers under influence of alcohol or drugs

Staff Writer |
More than half of motorists screened during a summer crackdown on drug-driving failed roadside tests, figures have shown.

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An average of 37 drivers a day were caught driving under the influence of banned substances, or 57% of the 1,962 motorists tested.

Figures from 38 police forces in England and Wales, from June 14 to July 15, show there was a wide gap between the numbers of people tested for alcohol and other drugs.

Some 36,675 breath tests for alcohol were carried out in that period, with 3,667 – around one in 10 drivers – either being positive, refused or failed by the driver.

Officers use so-called “drugalysers” to check for cocaine and cannabis after swabbing a suspect’s mouth, while a blood test can be used at a police station to check for ecstasy and heroin.

They can be used for motorists seen driving erratically or who have been involved in an accident.


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