DRINK-DRIVING deaths on UK roads are just as high as they were in 2010, according to new figures.
The shocking revelation comes as the number of roadside breath tests halved in the past eight years.
Provisional data from the Department of Transport found there were 240 deaths involving at least one driver over the limit in 2018.
Surprisingly, this was the same level of drink-driving fatalities that were recorded in 2010.
Only 320,988 drivers were breathalysed by police officers in 2018 according to Home Office figures, less than half of the 670,023 tested in 2009.
Chief Constable Anthony Banham, the country's road policing chief, recently claimed that UK roads are becoming more dangerous as traffic police are being replaced with cameras.
The dependence on cameras meant speeding drivers who might be guilty of another offence could be getting away with it.
He said: "It makes our roads less safe – we need to acknowledge that police officers enforcing the fatal four offences (speeding, drink-driving, not wearing a seatbelt and using a mobile at the wheel) will make our roads safer.
"We have got to get back now that right balance because of course there are many other things that speeding motorists, if we engage with them ... we might find that a camera would never find."
The Scottish Government reduced the alcohol limit for drivers from 80 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood to 50mg in 2010, but the remainder of the UK remains 80mg.
The figures also revealed 5,900 crashes involved a drunk driver in 2018, 200 more than the previous 12 months.
This means around one in 20 reported accidents across the country involved someone over the limit.
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Edmund King, president of the AA, said: "Drink driving is totally unacceptable, but the number of those more than twice the limit continues to be worryingly high.
"While the most common time drivers are tested is the evening, the number of drivers failing a test at 8am is staggering. Clearly more needs to be done to educate drivers that a good night’s sleep won’t sober you up.
"Police forces are doing all they can to tackle the issue, but as the number of officers has reduced, people feel they can get away with it. We need more cops in cars to help tackle the problem."