Arrests rise in drink drive campaign

Bucks Free Press: Arrests rise in drink drive campaign Arrests rise in drink drive campaign

POLICE continue to crack down on drink drivers arresting 143 people in the first 15 days.

In the latest update from police on their Christmas drink-drive campaign they revealed the highest reading taken since December 1 was on Friday.

Police said the highest reading taken so far was from a High Wycombe driver last week which was more than four times over the limit.

The ‘Is it worth the risk?’ campaign has seen 121 men and 22 women arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.

There has been a five per cent increase in arrests of men (up from 115 this time last year) and a 24 per cent reduction in arrests of women (down from 29 last year).

In total, 73 of the arrested people have been charged, with 49 bailed and 21 released with no further action.

This year’s arrests show a slight decrease on the 144 arrests made during the same period in 2012.

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, 44 have been made in Berkshire, 62 in Buckinghamshire and 37 in Oxfordshire.

Chief Inspector for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit, Henry Parsons, said: "It’s worrying that some people are still making the wrong choices, deciding to drink and drive when there are alternatives available.

"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."

The ‘Is it worth the risk? ‘campaign will be running on Twitter (@ThamesVP) and Facebook.

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4:46pm Mon 16 Dec 13

Bartholomew HuckleBerry says...

If this is really recognised as a problem then why not have a total alcohol ban for all drivers no matter how much they have had and no matter when ? **** footing around the permissible levels of alcohol whilst driving is simply condoning this irresponsible selfish crime and proves my point that the government and the Police actively just want to get the money through fines. This is simply opportunism to get money out of people. If they are really interested in eliminating this crime then why not get to its roots by imposing total ban on alcohol whilst driving. But why would they do it...it obviously reduces their funds !
If this is really recognised as a problem then why not have a total alcohol ban for all drivers no matter how much they have had and no matter when ? **** footing around the permissible levels of alcohol whilst driving is simply condoning this irresponsible selfish crime and proves my point that the government and the Police actively just want to get the money through fines. This is simply opportunism to get money out of people. If they are really interested in eliminating this crime then why not get to its roots by imposing total ban on alcohol whilst driving. But why would they do it...it obviously reduces their funds ! Bartholomew HuckleBerry

6:13pm Tue 17 Dec 13

M40 says...

There appear to be more drivers over the limit during the day, business people jollying it up until 3 or 4 pm then shooting off home, surely drinking during the day when the roads are busier increases public risk. I've had to put up with plenty of boozy bosses during my work career.

Why aren't the police tackling the problem 24/7 anyone driving out of a pub car park or away from a licensed private members club should expect to be stopped for testing.

Airline pilots, Ships crew, Rail drivers all lose their jobs for drinking on duty even if not over the required road transport limit, how can they be charged with putting the public at risk but the same not apply to the road user where it is more dangerous to drive even without a drink.
There appear to be more drivers over the limit during the day, business people jollying it up until 3 or 4 pm then shooting off home, surely drinking during the day when the roads are busier increases public risk. I've had to put up with plenty of boozy bosses during my work career. Why aren't the police tackling the problem 24/7 anyone driving out of a pub car park or away from a licensed private members club should expect to be stopped for testing. Airline pilots, Ships crew, Rail drivers all lose their jobs for drinking on duty even if not over the required road transport limit, how can they be charged with putting the public at risk but the same not apply to the road user where it is more dangerous to drive even without a drink. M40

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