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More under 25s caught drink-driving

More motorists under the age of 25 are getting behind the wheel drunk, a summer crackdown by police revealed.

More than one in every 20 young drivers was caught over the limit when stopped by police across England and Wales.

A total of 1,746 young drivers tested positive out of 27,147 checks, a rate of 6.4% compared with 5.9% last year.

But overall figures showed the proportion of motorists found over the legal alcohol limit has fallen slightly.

Of the 100,853 people stopped and breath-tested, 5,652 tested positive or refused to take a test. The 5.6% rate compared with 5.8% last year.

Meanwhile, the number of people who failed a field impairment test to check for drugs also fell from just over a third (33%) last year to 22% in 2010.

Official figures will be released on Thursday detailing the toll of death and serious injuries caused by drink-drivers.

Government ministers have been urged to cut the drink-drive limit by nearly half in a report by Sir Peter North.

His review said reducing the limit from 80mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood to 50mg would save hundreds of lives.

He also recommended that the current mandatory 12-month driving ban should be maintained for the new 50mg limit.


From Belfast Telegraph