Rise in ar­rests for drink driv­ing over Christ­mas

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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