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Bucks ranks top with number of drink driving arrests in Thames Valley

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Thames Valley Police say they have arrested 207 people on suspicion of drink-driving thanks to their ‘Is it worth the risk?’ campaign.

The figures released this week relate to the period between December 1 and 11.59pm on Monday and shows the most amount of people arrested were in Buckinghamshire with 79 arrests, 73 in Berkshire and 55 in Oxfordshire.

The campaign has seen 169 men and 38 women arrested, with 114 of the arrested people charged, 36 bailed and 30 released with no further action.

A total of 34 out of the 207 people have been arrested for drink-driving in the morning.

This year’s arrests show a four per cent increase on the 199 arrests made during the same period in 2012 and there has been a 10 per cent increase in arrests of men (up from 153 this time last year) and a 24 per cent decrease in arrests of women (down from 46 last year).

The campaign, which runs until the 1 January, 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.

Chief Inspector for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit, Henry Parsons said: “It’s worrying that some people are still making the wrong choices, deciding to drink and drive when there are alternatives available.

“Drink driving is dangerous and it kills or seriously injures many people each year, devastating families.

“I’m grateful for the public support for this campaign that has helped us to be in the right places, at the right times to make these arrests. We’ll continue to target drink drivers every single day of the year, not just during campaign periods. It isn’t worth the risk.”

Our ‘Is it worth the risk? ‘campaign will be running on Twitter and Facebook (opens new window) to keep you updated, so follow us @ThamesVP or find us on Facebook.

 

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