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Road deaths fall in the Thames Valley

Last year, the force attended 58 fatal collisions compared to 80 the year before.

Published by Mix96 News at 2:18pm 3rd February 2020. 3-minute read.

Road deaths fall in the Thames Valley

The number of people killed on the roads last year across the Thames Valley has fallen.

The Roads Policing Team have released their yearly overview which shows they attended 58 fatal collisions compared to 80 the year before.

Figures also show in 2018 there was 3176 arrests for drink/drug driving which increased to 3576 in 2019.

The most recent campaign from Thames Valley Police was Operation Holly which ran from 1st December to 1st January. The campaign saw officers carry out breath tests, drug tests and field impairment tests over the festive period.

Here in Aylesbury 144 breath tests were carried out with 6 resulting in a positive reading and 3 out of 7 Drug Wipes were positive.

Across the Thames Valley, 1,049 breath tests were carried out, of which 67 were positive and out of 80 drug wipes carried out, 44 were positive.

Sergeant Scott Kerr, Road Safety Sergeant for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said:

“It is encouraging to see that the majority of people we stopped were not over the legal drink drive limit, however 6% of breath tests came back as positive.

“This is still 6% too many.

“Of the drug tests carried out, there was an increase in the percentage of those coming back positive – 55% this year.

“The smallest amount of drugs or alcohol in your body can impair your ability to drive. It is not worth the risk. Please do not consume any drink or drugs before driving.

“It is also crucial to think about the morning after. It can take hours for alcohol to leave your system after drinking and so even the morning after it may not be safe for you to drive. Equally, some illegal drugs can stay in your system for a considerable amount of time.

“If you know someone who drink or drug drives, you can help by reporting this to us on 101 or dial 999 in an emergency.”

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