Summer drink drive campaign sees increase in female arrests across the Thames Valley

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The number of female drivers arrested for drink driving in the Thames Valley rose by 10 per cent this year.

As part of the national summer drink drive campaign, ‘Is it worth the risk?’, Thames Valley Police arrested 240 drivers throughout June in comparison to 239 last year.

In Milton Keynes there were 40 people arrested this year, compared to 35 in June 2013.

In the Thames Valley there was a decrease of just two per cent in the number of male arrests, down from 200 last year to 197 last month.

Out of the overall 240 arrested drivers, 43 were women which was 39 more than last year.

In total, 129 of the arrested people have been charged, 71 have been bailed and 40 released with no further action.

Chief Superintendent Lucy Hutson from Roads policing said: “Each drink driver arrested and taken off the road helps to make our roads safer and prevents potential death or serious injury.

“Each death and serious injury we prevent stops pain and devastation to an even wider circle of family and friends.”

The campaign saw 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.