A TOTAL of 281 people were arrested during Thames Valley Police’s Christmas anti drink-drive campaign.
This was a one per cent increase on the 278 arrests made during the same period in 2012.
Of those arrested, 231 were men, a six per cent increase on the previous year, and 50 were women, a 17 per cent decrease. In total, 161 of those arrested were charged, with 82 released on bail and 38 released with no further action. Those convicted face a possible driving ban and fines of up to £5,000.
The campaign, called Is it worth the risk?, was launched on December 1 and ended on January 1. Police targeted those 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.
Chief Inspector Henry Parsons, of the Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit, said: “It’s worrying that some people are still deciding to drink and drive.
“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 that has helped us to be in the right places at the right times to make these arrests. We’ll continue to target drink- drivers every day of the year.”