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Police set up Drink Driving Campaign for safer roads

A drink driving campaign which was set up in June found more than 200 drivers being arrested.

 

The campaign, which ran between June 1 and June 30, saw an increase in arrests this year which resulted in 239 drivers being arrested.

 

This year’s campaign saw a two per cent increase in the drivers arrested compared to last year, as 234 drivers were arrested during June last year.

 

Drivers were arrested for driving with excess alcohol or refusing to provide a specimen.

 

Out of the 239 drivers arrested, 200 were male (84 per cent)  and 39 were female (16 per cent). The campaign showed an increase of nine per cent in the arrests of male drivers and a 25 per cent reduction in the arrests of female drivers (reduced from 52 last year).

 

106 out of the 239 arrests were made in Berkshire, 69 in Buckinghamshire and 64 in Oxfordshire.

 

Only 99 drivers were charged, along with 95 bailed, just one cautioned and 44 released without further action.

 

Police targeted individuals in which they suspected could be driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the campaign focusing on drivers who could be caught both on the way home from nights out and the morning after a heavy night. with alcohol still in their system.

 

The oldest driver arrested was a 73-year-old man caught on Edward Street, Abingdon and the youngest was an 18-year-old, who was arrested in Monks Way, Milton Keynes, both arrested at the start of this year’s campaign, on the very first day.

 

A/Supt Henry Parsons, head of roads policing for Thames Valley and Hampshire, said: “Although our drink drive campaign finished on July 1, we focus on arresting drink drivers 365 days a year. Our message is that if you drink and drive, we will be looking to arrest you and put you before the courts.

 

He also added, “If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. It’s too dangerous and not worth the risk.”

 

Speak to a Drink Driving solicitor on 01623 397200

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