Letter: Drink-drivers suddenly get safer

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Sir: The Association of Chief Police Officers expresses disappointment that the number of people caught driving while over the alcohol limit in England and Wales over Christmas increased by 18 per cent (report, 3 January). Yet, and despite very bad weather, the number of alcohol-related accidents during this period increased by only 4 per cent.

Should we not rejoice that the inebriate minority of drivers have, in the course of a single year, learned to drive so much more carefully? Indeed, think of the decrease in the number of accidents which might be expected were the sober majority of drivers to improve their driving in like measure.

Or is there something the police statisticians have not told us?