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Brake calls for fleets to show zero tolerance to drink and drug driving

Road safety charity Brake is urging employers with staff who drive for work to take advantage of low-cost events and resources through its Fleet Safety Forum to help stamp out drink driving, as results from the police summer drink drive crack-down were released.

Data from the Association of Chief Police Officers’ summer enforcement campaign shows 5.8% of the 83,000 drivers breathalysed in June tested positive, only a marginal drop from last year.

Brake survey results also show nearly six in 10 fleets (57%) still do not test drivers for alcohol and an even greater proportion (63%) do not test for illegal drugs.

Drink and drug driving poses a huge threat on the road, with 17% of drivers killed on the road in the UK having traces of illegal drugs in their system.

Drivers who have drunk even a small amount of alcohol are at least three times more likely to crash.

To support fleet and road safety professionals to tackle the issue of drink and drug driving, and help them adopt a zero tolerance approach, Brake is running a one day seminar sponsored by Dtec International, in Birmingham on Tuesday, September 25 on tackling drink and drug driving.

Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake, said: “It is crucial fleet professionals understand the risks and best practice in tackling these, and are taking all possible steps to eradicate drink and drug driving within their workforce.

“Brake’s Fleet Safety Forum is providing up-to-the minute information and guidance to help organisations do this, including through our forthcoming Zero Tolerance seminar, so we urge professionals to sign up now.”

To book a place on the drink and drug driving seminar, contact Brake via email at admin@brake.org.uk or call 01484 559909.

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