The research comes after government data showed that the number of drink-drive-related deaths has reached an eight-year high at the same time as roadside breath tests fell.

Commenting on the figures Hunter Abbott, managing director of AlcoSense Laboratories and member of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, said: "This appears to be one of clearest indications yet that the savage cuts to drink drive awareness campaigns and police numbers are combining to create an environment where drivers are forgetting the potentially fatal risks of driving with alcohol in their system.

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