THE number of motorists caught over the drink-drive limit in the West Midlands has increased for the second year in a row, new figures have revealed.
Statistics for June showed that 253 drivers, out of 1,746 tested, were driving above the legal limit, an increase of 18.7 per cent on the same month last year.
Over 25s were largely responsible for the increase, with 44 per cent more of those tested were driving drunk.
Positive breath tests for under 25s fell by around one per cent for the month, while 201 over 25s were caught driving over the limit.
Insp Greg Jennings, from the West Midlands Police traffic unit, said: “Drink and drug driving remains a significant contributor to deaths on the roads and the summer months represent a peak in that danger.
“During this June, West Midlands Police targeted the small minority who selfishly continue to risk their own lives and those of innocent parties.
"We subjected 1,746 drivers to breath tests because of their driving – 253 people have failed those tests and a further 24 were arrested because they appeared unfit to drive through drink or drugs.
“Drivers are putting themselves at risk of losing their licence, large fines and imprisonment as well as the guilt and shame of ruining the lives of others.
“The only safe level of alcohol to drive with is zero. Drinking any alcohol consumption will impair your ability to drive.”