Police anti-drink drive campaign gets off to a flying start

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FIFTEEN suspected drink drivers were arrested within the first 24 hours of Thames Valley Police Christmas anti-drink and drugs drive campaign this week.

The annual campaign was launched on Saturday throughout the force area and, by Sunday, 15 alleged culprits had been stopped.

Fourteen of them were men and the average age was 38, say police.

Ten of the people have already been charged and the other released on police bail. They could all face losing their licences or even spending time in prison.

The month-long campaign is part of a national crackdown supported by the Department for Transport and the Association of Chief Police Officers.

It aims to convince all drivers that a drink drive conviction can ruin their life, put them in prison or cost them up to £5,000 in fines.

Road safety sergeant Chris Appleby said: “The message is simple. If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive.”

He said police will be carrying out regular checks on all roads throughout December. Any driver involved in a collision, at no matter what time of night or day, will be tested as a matter of course.

Sgt Appleby added: “It is disappointing that it seems drivers are failing to heed the message that drinking and driving can cause death and serious injury.