Police breathalyser tests on drivers hit record low in 2021
Police in England and Wales administered the fewest roadside breath tests since records began last year, a Government document has revealed.
Data published by the Home Office last week shows that in 2021 just 224,100 motorists were breathalysed, which experts believe is due to the fall in the number of officers patrolling our roads.
Staggeringly, 17 per cent of all tests carried out were either over the legal alcohol limit or the driver refused to provide a sample, which is the highest proportion since 2003.
A total of 224,162 motorists were asked to blow into a breathalyser kit last year - that's a seven per cent decline on the previous year and lowest since records began back in 2002.
Of those administered, there were 40,861 positive or refused breath tests in 2021, the figures showed.
This fall continues the downward trend since the peak of 709,512 breath tests in 2009, with 68 per cent fewer last year than at the height of roadside checks being carried out.
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AlcoSense, the manufacturer of breath-testing kits, said the fall in the number of drivers being pulled over and breathalysed was due to falling officer numbers.
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