Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police (TVP) arrested a total of 538 people for drink and/or drug-driving during their Christmas campaign.

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During the campaign, which ran from December 1, 2016 to January 1, 2017, in Thames Valley 316 arrests were made (325 the previous year), while in Hampshire the figure was 222 (215 last year).

This year saw an increase in the number of arrests (80) for drug-driving across both Force areas – a 63 per cent rise on the figure of 49 for last year’s campaign.

Roads Policing Chief Inspector Henry Parsons for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said: “It’s disappointing that we continue to find so many people drink driving. The effects of it are so dangerous and it's not worth the risk- there is no excuse for it. These figures show that we remain committed to targeting those who cause death on our roads and make the roads less safe than they should be.”

The reporting of suspected drink driving by members of the public led to prompt action being taken by roads policing officers to protect the public. A 35-year-old man from Southampton was arrested and charged after another motorist noticed him driving erratically on the M3. When stopped by police, his breathalyser reading was five times the drink-drive limit. The driver pleaded guilty and received an eight-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with a disqualification from driving for 36 months.

Reporting an impaired driver

Do you know someone who drinks over the limit or takes drugs and drives? Call police on 101 or, if it’s an emergency, dial 999. If you don’t want to speak to police or give your name, phone the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

For more information on preventing and reporting drink and drug-driving, visit the Hampshire Constabulary website: http://www.hampshire.police.uk/internet/advice-and-information/road-safety/ 

To download materials in support of the Project Pictogram initiative to advise all road users about avoiding the behaviour that causes collisions, please visit the following page online: https://www.hantsfire.gov.uk/keeping-safe/road-safety/project-pictogram/

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