Big rise in number of drink-driving arrests in Milton Keynes

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The number of people arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in Milton Keynes in December rose by 37 per cent compared to the same period last year.

A total of 52 arrests were made on the city’s roads between December 1 and January 1, compared to 38 over the same month-long period going into 2013.

The number of arrests made across the region was up by just one per cent.

Over the Thames Valley Police area, 281 people were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving during the Christmas and New Year period.

Of those 231 men and 50 women, 161 people have been charged, with 82 individuals bailed and 38 people released with no further action.

December’s arrests show a one per cent increase on the 278 arrests made by the force during the same period in 2012.

Thames Valley Police’s ‘Is it worth the risk?’ campaign has seen police target individuals they suspected of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from nights out and the morning after a heavy night.

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

“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.”