European drink-drive operation results show too many drivers are still ignoring warnings

Published Mon, 10/08/2015 - 09:21

RESULTS FROM last month’s TISPOL drink-drive enforcement operation reveal 17,006 drink-drive offences from 1,124,163 roadside breath tests. Motorists in 28 European countries were also checked for drugs, and 2,764 offences were detected. The operation took place between 1 and 7 June.

TISPOL President Aidan Reid said: “Any time a person gets behind the wheel after drinking alcohol is one time too many. These figures show that there are still people who think it’s acceptable to drink and drive. 

“Our message is clear. Don’t do it. Officers across Europe will continue to target drink-drivers all year round, so if you choose to take a risk by driving after drinking alcohol, then we will find you and bring you to justice because we will not tolerate the risk you pose to yourself and to other innocent road users who may be in your way.” 

This year’s result shows 16,656 offences from 1,114,136 breath tests; around one in every 65 drivers tested. 

 Like-for-like figures from 2014 show 18,391 offences from 1,168,631 breath tests; around one in every 63 drivers tested. 

And for 2013 the figures show 14,557 offences from 869,473 breath tests; around one in every 59 drivers tested.

Stopping drivers to check for alcohol and drug offences also provides police officers with the opportunity to make other appropriate safety and security checks. For example, during the week of this operation, officers also detected and dealt with offences connected with illegal immigration and human trafficking (116), drug-related crimes (598), firearms crimes (49), property crimes (136), wanted persons (181), and 1,436 other crimes. 

The TISPOL Organisation was established by the traffic police forces of Europe in order to improve road safety and law enforcement on the roads of Europe.