Operation Tipple sees drink-driving increase

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THE number of motorists caught drink driving over the festive period this year has risen.

Between December 1 last year and January 1 this, 261 drivers were arrested for driving with excess alcohol in their systems compared the same period in 2009.

Even more shocking to the police was the fact that the figure rose despite the adverse weather conditions reducing traffic on the roads on the weekend of December 18 and the week leading up to Christmas.

The highest recorded reading was 157 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath from a 50-year-old Milton Keynes man – almost five times over the 35 milligram limit.

Inspector Colin Clark, said: “These figures show that Thames Valley Police will crackdown on drink drivers whatever the weather.

“Although the weather reduced the amount of traffic on our region’s roads we continued to target those who are prepared to drink and drive.”