Monday, 18 December 2017

84 arrested in police drink-drive crackdown

EIGHTY-FOUR arrests were made in the first week of Thames Valley Police’s Christmas anti-drink drive campaign.

EIGHTY-FOUR arrests were made in the first week of Thames Valley Police’s Christmas anti-drink drive campaign.

The figure was 25 per cent up on the 67 arrests made during the same period in 2012. Twenty-one arrests were made in Oxfordshire, 26 in Berkshire and 37 in Buckinghamshire.

Of those, 68 were men, a 19 per cent increase on last year, and 16 were women, a 60 per cent increase. The youngest was an 18-year-old man arrested in Henley on December 1 and the oldest was a 75-year-old woman arrested in Bicester on the same day.

A man from Ascot who was stopped in Slough was found to have more than three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

Forty-four drivers have been charged. The campaign, called Is it worth the risk?, was launched on December 1 and will run throughout the month.

Police are targeting people they suspect of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from a night out and in the morning after a heavy night.

Ch Insp Henry Parsons said: “Drinking and driving wrecks lives, most obviously the hundreds of victims and their loved ones who are killed each year.

“It also changes the lives of the people who are selfish or stupid enough to drive when they are not fit to do so.”

“If you choose to drink and drive — and it is a choice — you face a driving ban, up to £5,000 in fines and a criminal record. There is no excuse for drink-driving and our message is simple: don’t do it. It’s not worth the risk.”

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