Christmas drink-drive rise on Surrey roads
- 10 January 2013
- From the section Surrey
The number of people caught drink-driving in Surrey over the Christmas period has risen, say police.
Surrey Police said the proportion of people who were breathalysed and were over the limit rose from 3% in 2011 to 4.5% in 2012.
The number of under 25s who failed the test doubled from the previous year, figures showed.
A total of 1,564 tests were carried out between 1 December 2012 and 1 January 2013.
Duncan Brown, head of road safety and traffic management at Surrey Police, said he was disappointed to see a rise in the "selfish small minority" of people who drink and drive.
He added: "It seems young people are still prepared to risk drinking and driving, worryingly although 12% less under 25s were breath-tested, the number of those who failed was double the previous year - 16 in 2012 compared with eight in 2011."