The number of people caught drug driving more than doubled over Christmas compared to the same time last year, Thames Valley Police say.

Statistics released this week also revealed combined drink and drug driving arrests in the Wycombe district alone increased by 27 per cent from 12 months ago, while total arrests for the Thames Valley increased by 19 per cent.

The data has been released of the back of the police's 'Where will you end up tonight?' campaign which ran from December 1 to January 1.

TVP's Road Safety Sergeant Chris Appleby said: "It’s crucial that we never forget the fatal consequences of drink and drug-driving.

"It’s just not worth the risk. Our commitment to campaigning on this issue remains vigorous as demonstrated by the increase in the number of arrests made during the campaign compared with the previous year’s figure.

"Any road user – be it drivers, passengers or pedestrians – can suffer life-changing injuries as a result of a drink-drive incident, and family members can suffer the devastating emotional effects from such tragedies."

A total of 38 people were arrested for drug driving during the campaign throughout the Thames Valley, 21 more than last year's total of 17.

There were 19 arrests made for drink and drug driving in the Wycombe district and 16 arrests in Chiltern and South Bucks, the fourth lowest district in the Thames Valley.

The age bracket of the most frequent culprits was 22 to 30 and five times as many men were caught than women.