Friday, 20 October 2017

78 charged in police drink-drive crackdown

A TOTAL of 135 people were arrested on suspicion of drink- or drug-driving in the first 13 days of Thames Valley Police?s Christmas anti-drink drive campaign

A TOTAL of 135 people were arrested on suspicion of drink- or drug-driving in the first 13 days of Thames Valley Police?s Christmas anti-drink drive campaign.

Seventy-eight have been charged, 41 bailed and 16 released with no further action. The total comprised 111 men and 24 women.

The ?Where will you end up tonight?? campaign is running throughout December and will target drivers suspected of being under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from a night out as well as the next morning.

Road safety officer Chris Appleby said: ?Unfortunately, as we can see from the number of arrests made so far, some people are still making the wrong choices, deciding to drink or drug-drive when there are alternatives available ? and these are just the people we catch.

?Drink-driving is dangerous and it kills or seriously injures many people each year, devastating families.

?I?m grateful for the public support for this campaign. We?ll continue to target drink-drivers every single day of the year, not just during campaign periods.?

Drivers are asked to provide a specimen of breath. Those who either provide a positive breath test or refuse or fail to take a test face losing their licence for at least 12 months. They could also go to prison for six months or face a fine of up to £5,000.

The campaign uses images of a young woman who wakes up after a night out in a mortuary to emphasise the theme.

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