Crack­ing down on drink driv­ers

Thames Val­ley Po­lice ar­rest 135 in 13 days

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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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year, Thames Hamp­shire.

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.



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!”

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