Monday, 18 December 2017

44 drink-drive arrests

FORTY-FOUR drivers were arrested in Oxfordshire in the first three weeks of Thames Valley Police’s Christmas anti-drink driving campaign.

FORTY-FOUR drivers were arrested in Oxfordshire in the first three weeks of Thames Valley Police’s Christmas anti-drink driving campaign.

Another 141 were arrested in Berkshire (71) and Buckinghamshire (70).

The overall total was five per cent down on the 195 arrests made in the same period in the previous year. Of those arrested, 144 were men — an 11 per cent decrease — and 41 were female, a 21 per cent increase. A total of 101 drivers have been charged, 56 have been released on bail pending further enquiries and 28 people have been released with no further action.

The “Is it worth the risk?” campaign was launched on Monday, December 1 and targeted drink and drug drivers over the festive period.

Police say that more than 7,600 people were breath tested in the first three weeks of the campaign, which ended on Wednesday.

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