DRIVERS are almost twice as likely to be breath tested in June compared to previous months.
And that means your chance of being caught is significantly higher if you risk having a drink and getting behind the wheel this summer.
Police generally launch a crackdown on drink-driving as temperatures increase, with Brits heading to more social events to enjoy the warm weather.
Cops conducted 36,041 breath tests on drivers across England and Wales in June 2017, compared to just 22,228 in May and 21,404 in April, according to the most recent Home Office figures.
Analysed by breathalyser firm AlcoSense Laboratories, data showed June to be the second busiest month for roadside drink-driving tests, beaten only by the Christmas period.
And nearly one in ten drivers tested in June recorded an alcohol reading above the legal driving limit and were arrested.
Number of breath tests carried out by police per month
The latest figures showed June and December to be peak breath test periods in 2017:
- January – 26,333
- February – 20,205
- March – 22,890
- April – 21,404
- May – 22,228
- June – 36,041
- July – 22,556
- August – 22,582
- September – 23,057
- October – 22,496
- November – 22,447
- December – 63,648
With the number of drink-drive related deaths currently at an eight-year high, it's likely cops will carry out even more tests this summer period.
Police conduct a large majority of their tests between 7am and 1pm, with around a quarter of drink-drive convictions coming the "morning after" a night out.
Figures also showed hotspot regions where drivers were most likely to be breathalysed next month.
Drivers in Merseyside were the most likely to be stopped in June, with 3,010 breathalysed, followed by Hampshire (2,532) and Thames Valley (2,265).
Wales was also a hotspot with 2,178 breath tests in South Wales and 1,952 in North Wales.
What is the drink-driving limit in the UK?
- The drink-drive limit differs in the UK depending on if you are in England, Wales, Northern Ireland or Scotland.
- Government guidelines state that the limit in England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath or 107 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine.
- In Scotland the limits are 50 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 22 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath or 67 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine.
- With just 10mg per 100ml of blood you are 37 per cent more likely to be involved in a fatal road accident than when sober.
As a general rule, it takes around an hour for a single unit to leave your system, but it depends on your age, sex, weight and how your body processes alcohol.
The alcohol limit for England, Wales and Northern Ireland is 35 micrograms per 100 millilitres of breath, while drivers in Scotland are allowed just 22 micrograms for the same reading.
While there is no way of guaranteeing how much you can drink before you're over the limit, current measurements mean drivers in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are usually able to consume two pints of normal-strength beer for the average man, or one large glass of normal-strength wine for the average woman.
However, everybody processes alcohol differently, meaning it's always best not to drink at all if you plan on driving.
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Motorists risk up to six months imprisonment, an unlimited fine and a lengthy driving ban as a maximum penalty if they are caught driving while above the legal limit – with those who cause a death while behind the wheel facing a potential life sentence.
Hunter Abbott, Managing Director of breathalyser firm AlcoSense Laboratories, said: “The police always focus on June as, statistically, it’s a drink drive hotspot.
“With warmer weather, sporting events and barbeques, June is a month when motorists are more likely to unintentionally drink-drive the morning after socialising – posing a risk to themselves and other road users.”
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