As the end of Thames Valley Police’s anti-drink drive campaign, a total of 245 drivers in the Thames Valley have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving since the start of the campaign on December 1.
The ‘Is it worth the risk?’ campaign has seen 200 men and 45 women arrested. Currently this year this shows there has been a 17 per cent decrease in arrests of women (down from 54 this time last year) and a one per cent increase in arrests of men (up from 198 this time last year).
In total, 139 of the arrested people have been charged, with 71 bailed and 35 released with no further action.
This year’s arrests shows a three per cent decrease on the 252 arrests made during the same period in 2012.
The campaign, which runs until January 1, 2014, will see police targeting individuals they suspect of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from nights out and the morning after a heavy night.
Of the arrests, 62 were in Oxfordshire.
Chief Inspector for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit, Henry Parsons said: “As we move in to the final days of the Christmas anti-drink drive campaign officers will continue to tackle drink drivers at every opportunity.
“We want you all to enjoy whatever it is that you are doing to see in the New Year and will continue to stop those that are still taking the risk. Having a drink and getting behind the wheel can cost lives, and those caught will face serious consequences. I would like to thank the public for their ongoing support for our campaign.”
More information about the consequences of drink driving can be found on www.thamesvalley.police.uk, www.facebook.com/thamesvp or by following @ThamesVP on Twitter