Final drink driving update -more arrests than last year

Final drink driving update -more arrests than last year

Final drink driving update -more arrests than last year

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by

A TOTAL of 281 people were arrested for drink-driving in the Thames Valley during a festive season crackdown by police – a slight increase on last year’s figures.

The ‘Is it worth the risk?’ campaign ran from December 1 to New Year’s Day.

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."

Police confirmed 231 men were arrested – a six percent increase on last year’s figure of 218 – and 50 women - a 17 percent decrease in arrests of women, down from 60 last year).

In total, 161 of the arrested people have been charged, with 82 individuals bailed and 38 people released with no further action.

This year’s arrests show a one percent increase on the 278 arrests made during the same period in 2012.

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9:23am Wed 8 Jan 14

Robert.M says...

This seasonal crackdown is totally stupid, does TVP believe that people only drink at Christmas and New Year, this should be a year round objective and not just once a year!!!! typical TVP of the wall policing, totally useless, minimum effort for maximum look good effect,
This seasonal crackdown is totally stupid, does TVP believe that people only drink at Christmas and New Year, this should be a year round objective and not just once a year!!!! typical TVP of the wall policing, totally useless, minimum effort for maximum look good effect, Robert.M
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11:53am Wed 8 Jan 14

Edgar Brooks says...

Hopefully, that crass comment won't come back to haunt you, if one of your family becomes a victim of one of these "I drive better with a drink inside me" morons.
Hopefully, that crass comment won't come back to haunt you, if one of your family becomes a victim of one of these "I drive better with a drink inside me" morons. Edgar Brooks
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2:15pm Wed 8 Jan 14

Robert.M says...

Edgar Brooks wrote:
Hopefully, that crass comment won't come back to haunt you, if one of your family becomes a victim of one of these "I drive better with a drink inside me" morons.
If you had taken the time to read my comment properly, you would understand that I was saying that the TVP should have a year round objective to catch drink drivers and not just at Christmas
[quote][p][bold]Edgar Brooks[/bold] wrote: Hopefully, that crass comment won't come back to haunt you, if one of your family becomes a victim of one of these "I drive better with a drink inside me" morons.[/p][/quote]If you had taken the time to read my comment properly, you would understand that I was saying that the TVP should have a year round objective to catch drink drivers and not just at Christmas Robert.M
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4:07pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Downley Man says...

The Star dated Jan 8 and received about 18.00 Thurs 9 Jan states 'Steep Increase in Drink Driving'. A précis of the first sentence states 'Drink driving was on the increase ... with a 15% rise in arrests'.

The fact that arrests increased does not necessarily mean there was a steep increase in drink driving. Perhaps the police just caught more offenders last December.

These 2 statements are contradictory and what one would expect from the national tabloid press.
The Star dated Jan 8 and received about 18.00 Thurs 9 Jan states 'Steep Increase in Drink Driving'. A précis of the first sentence states 'Drink driving was on the increase ... with a 15% rise in arrests'. The fact that arrests increased does not necessarily mean there was a steep increase in drink driving. Perhaps the police just caught more offenders last December. These 2 statements are contradictory and what one would expect from the national tabloid press. Downley Man
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