Low Christmas drink drive figures for Wokingham and BracknellBy Laura Herbert
January 11, 2013
Wokingham has recorded the lowest drink drive figures over the Christmas and New Year period for the whole of Berkshire - with Bracknell second lowest.
Between Saturday, December 1 and Tuesday, January 1, 278 drivers were arrested across the Thames Valley for driving with excess alcohol, compared to 299 during the same period in 2011.
Of those, 113 drivers were arrested in Berkshire, including seven from Wokingham, eight in Bracknell, 10 in West Berkshire, 36 in Reading and 26 people in Slough and in Windsor and Maidenhead.
Acting Superintendent Henry Parsons, head of road policing for Thames Valley and Hampshire, said: “It’s really encouraging we have seen a decrease in the number of people arrested for drink driving this year. However, it is still disappointing to see there are people still prepared to take that risk.
“During the campaign period, the force has seen a three per cent reduction in road traffic collisions and a 15 per cent reduction in incidents with road-related traffic offences such as drink driving.
“This year, we also focused on those who drive the morning after a night out and the figures also show that many of those who were caught had not allowed themselves enough time to recover after a heavy night.”
Of the total 278 people arrested throughout the force, 74 per cent were men and 26 per cent women,
The number of men caught for drink driving has fallen by 11 per cent to 218 drivers this year, compared to 244 in 2011.
During this year’s campaign, 9.3 per cent of people arrested for drink driving were driving the morning after a night out, compared with 8.4 per cent last year.
Out of the 278 drivers who failed the test, approximately six per cent were three times over the legal drink drive limit.
Despite a reduction in the number of tests to 6,585 from 7,720 last year, there was a nine per cent increase in women drivers arrested after failing the breath test.
A/Supt Parsons continued: "Although our drink drive campaign finished on Tuesday, January 1, we focus on arresting drink drivers 365 days a year.
"Our message is that if you drink and drive, we will be looking to arrest you and put you before the courts. If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. It’s too dangerous and not worth the risk.”
If you see anyone who drinks or takes drugs and then drives, call police on 999. To report any other incidents of drinking or drug taking and driving, where there is no immediate threat to the public, call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.