Drink driving rise in Thames Valley

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There has been an increase in the number arrests for drink driving over the Christmas period.

Between Thursday, December 1 to Tuesday, December 27, 258 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving – up 12 per cent on 230 in the same period last year.

103 were from Berkshire, 88 were from Buckinghamshire, 67 were from Oxfordshire, 210 were men, 48 were women, the average age was 36 years old and the number of women arrested has increased by 55 per cent from 31 to 48, whereas the number of men arrested has increased by five per cent from 199 to 210.

Inspector Colin Clark, leading the Thames Valley Police drink drive campaign, said: “It is very disappointing that drivers are still failing to heed the message that drinking and driving can cause death and serious injury.

“We will be carrying out random drink driving checks across the Thames Valley over the festive season. If you test positive, you face losing your licence for at least 12 months, a fine of up to £5,000 and even a prison sentence.

“The message is simple - If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. It’s not worth the risk.”

Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary launched their Christmas anti-drink and drug drive campaign on 1 December. It will run until Sunday 1 January 2012, and is part of a national crackdown, supported by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The campaign aims to convince all drivers that a drink drive conviction has the potential to ruin their life by highlighting the consequences of drink driving.