Cracking down on drink drivers
Thames Valley Police arrest 135 in 13 days
The ‘Where will you end up tonight?’ campaign saw 111 men and 24 women arrested during the period of December 1 to December 13.
In total, 78 of those arrested have been charged, with 41 bailed and 16 released with no further action.
The campaign, which runs until January 1, sees police targeting individuals they suspect of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from nights out and the morning after a heavy night.
A new video has been created for the campaign, which is a joint initiative between Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, which features a young woman who believes that she wakes up after a night out – only for the viewer to realise that in fact her body is in a mortuary.
So far the video has been viewed over 275,000 times on Facebook and YouTube, and the Facebook post has been seen by a total of over 770,000.
Road Chris Appleby said: “Unfortunately, as we can see from the number of arrests made during the first 13 days of campaign, some people are still making the wrong choices, deciding to drink or drugdrive when there are alternatives available. And these are just the people we catch.
“Drink-driving dangerous and it seriously injures people each devastating families.
“I’m grateful for the public support for this campaign, and I’m pleased that so many people across Thames Valley and Hampshire have been made aware of the campaign and are sharing it on social media.
“We’ll continue to target drink-drivers every single day of the year, not just during campaign periods. It’s not worth the risk.”
The Joint Roads Policing Unit (RPU) will conduct random drink/speed and seatbelt checks at all times of the day and night across
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Drivers will be asked to provide a specimen of breath in accordance with the Road Traffic Act 1988.
Where there is no suspicion of alcohol, no moving traffic offences or involvement in a road collision, drivers will be offered the opportunity to participate in the campaign and provide a sample on a voluntary basis.
The reasons for these checks will be explained to drivers and the RPU asks for the motoring public’s support in relation to these checks.
Last year’s Christmas drink-drive reduction campaign nationally saw 133,996 drivers being tested, with a 4.39 per cent failure rate.
All drivers who either provide a positive breath test, refuse to provide or fail to provide, face losing their licence for at least 12 months.
They could go to prison for six months or pay a fine of up to £5,000.
If you know someone who drinks or takes drugs and drives call police on 101 or, if it’s an emergency, dial 999. If you don’t want to speak to police or give your name, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
To watch the campaign video visit www.getbucks. co.uk.
Centenarian Judy Dudeney, a resident at Swarthmore Care Home in Gerrards Cross, turned 100 on December 9.
Following a small party on the day, visitors spent Sunday December 13 at the Guide HQ, Station Road, with her for afternoon tea.
Guests included her daughters Marilyn Richards and family from Toronto, Canada, and Kate Trotman and her husband from Chalfont St Giles, all of whom had spent many weeks planning and organizing the event.
A long-time friend had also travelled from Lincoln, Nebraska, along with members of the local keep-fit community – where Judy was a member for more than 20 years – and members of the Elizabethan Reel Club where Judy was a past president.
Many friends had also travelled from Weybridge United Reformed Church and Weybridge WI, as Judy was a past president and had spent many years there before returning to Bucks. The youngest guest was just a few weeks old, a century apart.
The hall was decorated with more than 70 cards of good wishes, including a special card from HM Queen Elizabeth, and banners and balloons.
Tables were laid for tea and guests enjoyed a selection of sandwiches, scones, fruit skewers and cakes before Judy cut the cake.
Marilyn and Kate thanked the guests on Judy’s behalf and her grandson Ben proposed the toast to Judy.
The guests were treated to a few words from Judy who said: “I thought the next time you were all together would be at my funeral!”