Gary Rae, director of communications and campaigns for Brake, the road safety charity, said:
“The latest national figures from the police show worrying signs, with a large drop in the amount of people being tested but an increase in those who tested positive, failed or refusing the test. With traffic police numbers on the decline, it’s leaving those who enforce the law with very little resources to catch those who do break the law and despite the police claims of a successful targeted strategy, the degree to which this is actually the case is impossible to know.
“We’re calling on the government to make traffic policing a priority to ensure we have a suitably strong deterrent against unacceptable behaviour on the road. Not only to tackle those who drink or drug drive, but to crackdown on any road user who breaks the law.”