Figures published by Merseyside and Cheshire Police forces highlight the extent of the issue of drink and drug driving among 17-25 year-olds.

Stats from Merseyside Police show of the 2,279 drug drive arrests it made in 2020, more than a quarter (27.4%) were drivers aged 17-25 years.

Meanwhile, of its 1,253 drink drive arrests last year, 13.5% were in the same age category.

Officers say they continue to be proactive in detecting drink and drug drivers on the roads.

Across the border in Cheshire, it is a similar picture.

Of the 116 drug drive arrests made during the force’s month-long festive campaign, 35 were aged 17 to 25 years – equating to 30%.

There were also 111 arrests for drink driving, of which 22 were aged 17 to 25 years – just under 20%.

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