Police arrest 70 people in Buckinghamshire on suspicion of drink driving

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An anti-drink drug drive campaign has seen 185 people arrested after 21 days - down five per cent from last year.

Thames Valley Police made the arrests on suspicion of drink-driving between December 1 and 21, 70 of whom were from Buckinghamshire.

The ‘Is it worth the risk?’ campaign is aimed at targeting drink and drug drivers over the festive period. It is estimated that over 7600 people have so far been breath tested.

In total, 101 of the 185 arrested have been charged, 56 have been released on bail pending further enquiries and 28 people have been released with no further action.

Of those arrested, 144 were men (an 11 per cent decrease) and 41 were female (a 21 per cent increase) on last year’s figures for the same time period.

The oldest was a 79-year-old man arrested in Bicester on December 14 and the youngest were three different 19-year-old men arrested in Slough on December 3 and Aylesbury on December 6 for drug-driving and a man arrested for drink-driving in South Oxon on December 14. The average age of those arrested was 37.

The campaign, which runs until January 1, 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, 71 have been made in Berkshire, 70 in Buckinghamshire and 44 in Oxfordshire.

Chief Inspector for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit, Henry Parsons said: “Drinking and driving wrecks lives, most obviously the hundreds of victims and their loved ones who are killed each year.

“But it also changes the lives of the people who are selfish or stupid enough to drive when they are not fit to do so.”

“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.”