Wednesday, 22 May 2019

Drink drive campaign successful

MORE than 245 people were arrested during Thames Valley Police’s Christmas anti-drink-driving campaign in December.

This was a three per cent decrease on the 252 arrests made during the same period in 2012.

The figures don’t include arrests made on the last two days of the month.

Of those arrested, 200 were men, up from 198 in the previous year, and 45 were women (54). One hundred and thirty-nine have been charged, 71 bailed and 35 released with no further action.

Sixty-two arrests were made in Oxfordshire, 89 in Berkshire and 94 in Buckinghamshire.

The campaign, called Is it worth the risk?, was launched on December.

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.

Eighty-four arrests were made in the first week, including an 18-year-old man in Henley and a 75-year-old woman in Bicester, and 59 were made in the second week.

Those convicted face a possible driving ban and fines of up to £5,000.

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