67 arrests as police target drink driversBy Victoria Smith
June 14, 2012
More than 60 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in the first nine days of a summer campaign.
Thames Valley Police has announced it has charged 41 of the 67 people arrested in the first nine days of June over drink-driving.
Of the remaining people arrested, 17 have been bailed and nine have been released with no further action.
Of those arrested, 47, or 70 per cent, were male and 20 were female.
The oldest was a 62-year-old woman arrested in High Wycombe on Friday, June 8, and the youngest was a 19-year-old man arrested in Windsor on Wednesday, June 6.
The average age of those arrested was 34.
The summer drink-drive reduction campaign was launched on June 1 and is aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers over the summer months.
This year’s arrests show a 33 per cent decrease on the 100 arrests made during the same period in 2011.
The campaign, which runs until the end of June, 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, 24 have been made in Berkshire, 27 in Buckinghamshire and 16 in Oxfordshire.
Superintendent Chris Brown, head of roads policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said: “Getting behind the wheel after drinking may cost you your jobs, your relationships, your independence and the respect of others.
“Most importantly it could cost you your life or the life of someone who has the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“If you choose to drink and drive – and it is a choice – you face a driving ban, up to £5,000 in fines and a criminal record.
“There is no excuse for drink driving and our message is simple; don’t do it. It’s not worth the risk.”