Scores of Christ­mas driv­ers over the limit

Po­lice ar­rest 273 in drink and drugs crack­down

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Camilla Good­man camilla.good­man@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

ALMOST 300 peo­ple were ar­rested for drink-driv­ing dur­ing Thames Val­ley Po­lice’s Christ­mas an­tidrink and drug cam­paign.

Po­lice ar­rested 273 peo­ple on sus­pi­cion of drink-driv­ing dur­ing the month long ‘Is it worth the risk?’ cam­paign, which ran from De­cem­ber 1 to Jan­uary 1.

This is down three per cent on the 281 ar­rests made in the same pe­riod last year.

The cam­paign was aimed at tar­get­ing drink and drug driv­ers over the fes­tive pe­riod.

The cam­paign saw po­lice tar­get­ing in­di­vid­u­als they sus­pected of driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from nights out and the morn­ing after a heavy night.

Of those ar­rested, 219 were men, a five per cent de­crease, and 54 were women, an eight per cent in­crease on last year’s fig­ures for the same time pe­riod.

Fifty-one of those peo­ple ar­rested were un­der the age of 25, a 15 per cent de­crease, and 222 were aged 25 or over, a one per cent in­crease on last year’s fig­ures. The

By tak­ing drink driv­ers off the road, we hope to have made our road

net­work safer”

av­er­age age of ar­rested was 37.

Of the 273 ar­rested, 152 have been charged, 63 have been re­leased on bail pend­ing fur­ther en­quiries and 58 peo­ple have been re­leased with no fur­ther ac­tion.

Of the ar­rests, 108 were made in Buck­ing­hamshire, 105 in Berk­shire and 60 in Ox­ford­shire.

Chief In­spec­tor for Hamp­shire Con­stab­u­lary and Thames Val­ley Roads Polic­ing Unit, Henry Par­sons, said: “Can I thank ev­ery­one across the Thames Val­ley who has as­sisted our anti-drink drive cam­paign, both by mak­ing the right choice and not drink-driv­ing, or by pass­ing vi­tal in­for­ma­tion to us.

“Dur­ing the cam­paign, we breath tested an es­ti­mated 9,000 peo­ple (up

those 50 per cent on last year) and ar­rested 273 as a re­sult (down three per cent on last year). The fall in ar­rests against the back­drop of more tests is wel­comed.

“Drink-driv­ing af­fects many peo­ple ev­ery day, whether through caus­ing death or se­ri­ous in­jury, or of­fend­ers liv­ing with the con­se­quences of crim­i­nal jus­tice. By tak­ing drink driv­ers off the road, we hope to have made our road net­work safer.

“While the Christ­mas cam­paign may have fin­ished, we re­main fo­cussed on tack­ling drink driv­ers ev­ery sin­gle day of the year due to the sig­nif­i­cant risks they pose.”

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