CHESHIRE has been rated as the worst area of the country for drink drivers.
Recently released figures reveal that motorists in Cheshire fail more breath tests per head for drink driving than anywhere else.
The county topped the list with drivers clocking up 254 positive breath tests for every 100,000 residents, according to Home Office statistics.
The national average stands at just 170 while the country’s lowest, Warwickshire, is more than four times less at 64.
Lee Murphy, of Cheshire Safer Roads Partnership, which aims to make the county’s roads safer and reduce drink driving, said the figures could be explained by pro-active policing across the county and that less drink drivers on the road was positive for other road users.
“That data could be read a few ways,” he said. “And one is that we take drink driving very seriously in Cheshire therefore we send a lot of people to deal with it and tackle it, which is a very strong positive message to say.
“Drink driving does account for a high number of people killed and injured in Cheshire and it’s important to police that our roads are safe. Therefore they get out and detect drink driving.”