119 Arrested In First Fortnight Of Anti-Drink Driving Campaign

Police Car

6:02am 19th June 2014

Thames Valley Police have arrested 119 people on suspicion of drink-driving in the first half of their summer anti-drink drive campaign.

This coincides with the World Cup kicking off and our joint campaign ‘Watch your game’ which runs throughout the duration of the tournament reminding people of the dangers of drink driving; both the morning after as well as the night before.

Of those 119 arrested. 100 were men (an 11 percent decrease on last year) and 19 were women (a 24 percent decrease on last year). The average age of those arrested was 37 years-old.

75 of the 119 arrested between the 1st and 15th of June, have been charged, 31 bailed and 13 released with no further action.

This year’s arrests show a 13 percent decrease on the 136 arrests made during the same period in 2013.

The campaign sees 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, 43 have been made in Buckinghamshire, 32 in Oxfordshire and 44 in Berkshire.   

Superintendent Lucy Hutson, head of roads policing for Thames Valley and Hampshire said:

“Is it worth the risk? The answer is simple, no it isn’t.

After just four pints of lager, you may not be safe to drive for up to 13 hours, so whether you are drinking in the afternoon at a summer barbeque, drinking while you watch a World Cup football game or going out for a few drinks in the evening, make sure you are safe to drive. Just because you haven’t had a drink for a few hours, it doesn’t mean all the alcohol has left your system and you can drive, you are still likely to be over the limit.

Extra patrols will be out over the next few months carrying out a number of breath tests. If you are caught drink driving you could face a criminal conviction, possible prison term, driving ban, and could even lose your job. Is it worth the risk?”

Across the Thames Valley and Hampshire there were 223 during the first two weeks of June.

Our ‘Is it worth the risk?’ campaign will be running on Twitter and Facebook to keep you updated, so follow us @ThamesVP #IsItWorthTheRisk #WatchYourGame or find us on Facebook."

Share This Story

Delicious Submit this page to reddit
Email Icon Get the latest local news direct to your inbox.
Sign up now for our email updates
.

Comments

No comments have been posted and approved yet.

Submit a Comment

Please log in to comment on this page.

Suggested articles
Drink Driving

Over 140 motorists arrested for drink or drug driving in Thames Valley

Operation Holly has been working to keep us all safer.

Drugs

Drug driving 'just as much of a menace as drink driving'

That's according to Road Safety Sergeant Chris Applyby of Thames Valley Police.

Most read
Mix96 Breaking News 1

18 Year Old Charged With Murder After Aylesbury Stabbing

The 26 year old victim has also been identified by Police as Daniel Lavender from Aylesbury.

Newer article

Aylesbury Girl Arrested On Suspicion Of GBH With Intent

Local: Argument in High Wycombe leads to stabbing 15 year-old Aylesbury girl arrested

Older article

Missing Steven Gone - Update

Local: Police increasingly concerned for 14 year-old boy from Buckingham Steven Tiffin spotted on railway CCTV

Top articles

18 Year Old Charged With Murder After Aylesbury Stabbing

Local: The 26 year old victim has also been identified by Police as Daniel Lavender from Aylesbury.

Theresa May says a post-Brexit UK will be a global free trade leader

National: Britain is open for business, Theresa May told world leaders as she sought to convince them the UK was not looking inwards by pulling out of the single market.

HS2: 'It's Stolen My Time & Things I'd Promised Myself For 40 Years'

Local: Stan Mason is 79 and has been fighting the High Speed route for over 6 years. We wanted to see how that's affected him

Alanis Morissette's manager admits stealing from singer

Showbiz: Alanis Morissette's former manager has admitted to embezzling more than $7m (£5.7m) from the singer and other celebrities .

Manchester United return to top of football rich list

Sport: They may be struggling to rediscover past glories on the pitch - but Manchester United are back on top of football's money league for the first time in 12 years.

Trump inauguration: Which artists will and won't perform

World: Donald Trump will be sworn in as America's 45th President on Friday, but finding the right soundtrack has not been easy.