Christmas drink-drive crackdown results in more than 200 arrests

Published: 30 Dec 2013 16:300 comments

MORE than 200 people have been arrested during a police crackdown on drink driving.

Thames Valley Police has arrested 245 people between December 1 and December 29 as part of the 'Is it worth the risk?’ campaign.

A total of 200 men and 45 women have been arrested - a 1 per cent increase in arrests of men (up from 198 this time last year) and a 17 per cent decrease in arrests of women (down from 54 last year).

Chief Inspector for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit, Henry Parsons said: “We want you all to enjoy whatever it is that you are doing to see in the New Year and will continue to stop those that are still taking the risk.

“Having a drink and getting behind the wheel can cost lives, and those caught will face serious consequences.

“I would like to thank the public for their ongoing support for our 'Is it worth the risk?’ campaign.”

In total, 139 of the arrested people have been charged, with 71 bailed and 35 released with no further action.

This year’s arrests show a 3 percent decrease on the 252 arrests made during the same period in 2012.

The campaign ended yesterday (January 1) and saw police targeting individuals they suspected of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from nights out and the morning after a heavy night.

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