The number of drink-drivers caught over Christmas fell 16.5 per cent.
However safety campaigners, who want stricter limits and in-car technologies to tackle the problem, say progress on cutting rates is still too slow.
“We need a review of our drink-drive laws,” said the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA). “Police arrested 7638 drunk-drivers in December – a stubborn minority is still putting themselves and the rest of us at risk.”
Police breathalysed 223,423 drivers during the month-long blitz – up 22 per cent on the previous year. Around 3 per cent were over the limit.
The government is reviewing the current drink-driving and drug-driving laws. RoSPA is calling for the legal limit to fall from 80mg to 50mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. This would bring the UK in line with the rest of Europe.
“This would save around 65 lives and 230 serious injuries on Britain’s roads each year,” said RoSPA. “At blood alcohol levels between 50mg and 80mg, you are more than two times more likely to have an accident.”