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Booze and drug driving arrests total

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ALL AREAS: Thames Valley Police has revealed 383 people were arrested in the region as part of a crackdown on drink and drug driving during the festive period.

The joint operations road policing unit of Hampshire Constabula­ry and TVP ran its Operation Holly initiative from December 1 to New Year’s Day.

The month-long campaign saw officers carrying out education and enforcemen­t activity to target motorists who got behind the wheel while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

A total of 383 people were arrested, 229 for drinkdrivi­ng and 152 for drugdrivin­g.

The force said it carried out 1,541 breath tests with 75 positive results recorded – 5.04 per cent of those tested.

A total of 265 drug wipes were carried out with 125 positive results – 47.17 per cent of those tested.

The age group with the highest percentage of positive breath tests, 37.3 per cent, was those aged 25-34.

Motorists aged 25-34 also had the highest percentage of positive drug wipes, 36.8 per cent.

Sergeant Dave Hazlett, of the Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabula­ry Road Safety Unit, said: “These figures show that we will not tolerate drink or drug driving on the roads of the Thames Valley.

“Although the operation has ended, we are still policing our roads and arresting drink and drug drivers on a daily basis.”

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