Scores of Christmas drivers over the limit
Police arrest 273 in drink and drugs crackdown
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
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.”