Drink drive arrests remain at the same level as last year

Drink drive arrests remain at the same level as last year

Drink drive arrests remain at the same level as last year

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

THE level of drink drivers arrested during a police campaign remained the same compared to the same period last year. 

Between June 1 and June 30, 240 drivers were arrested across the Thames Valley for driving with excess alcohol, compared to 239 last June as part of the The National Summer Drink Drive campaign ‘Is it worth the risk?".

Of those arrested, 197 were men and 43 were women. This is a decrease of two per cent in arrests of men (down from 200 last year) and a 10 per cent increase in arrests of women (up from 39 last year).

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

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.

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."

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