Rise in arrests for drink driving over Christmas
THAMES Valley Police arrested a total of 325 people for drink and/or drug-driving during ita Christmas campaign which ran from December 1, 2015 to January 1, 2016.
The campaign titled ‘Where will you end up tonight?,’ featured digital graphics and video, with the hard-hitting theme of a mortuary to reinforce messages potentially consequences driving.
This was supported by enforcement activity by officers.
In Thames Valley, 325 arrests were made, an increase on the 273 arrested the previous year.
There will continue to be further analysis of other
of the fatal drink- data from the campaign, including the number of breath tests carried out across the area in the coming weeks.
Acting head of roads policing Ch Insp Henry Parsons said: “We’ve seen a rise in the number of people we have arrested for drink or drug-driving. New legislation and equipment have made detecting drug drivers much easier and this resulted in 30 extra arrests.
“As in previous campaigns, we were greatly assisted by members of the public who passed us vital information and helped us take these drivers off the roads. Drink and drugdriving kills or injures people. Our message is simple – don’t mix drink or drugs with driving – it’s not worth the risk.”
Do you know someone who drinks over the limit or takes drugs and drives?
Call Thames Valley Police on 101 or, if it is an emergency, dial 999. I
If you do not want to speak to police or give your name, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.