Police ‘disappointed’ as drink-drive arrests rise

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THE head of Thames Valley Police’s Christmas drink-drive campaign has spoken out after an increase in the number of people arrested for drink-driving this year.

Around 12 per cent more people were arrested for drink-driving this year, with 258 arrests across the region compared to 230 last year.

A total of 103 suspected drink-drivers were arrested in Berkshire, as well as 88 in Buckinghamshire and 67 in Oxfordshire.

Of those arrested, 210 were men and 48 were women. The average age was 36 years old.

Inspector Colin Clark, leading the Thames Valley Police drink-drive campaign, said: “It is very disappointing that drivers are still failing to heed the message that drinking and driving can cause death and serious injury.

“We will be carrying out random drink-driving checks across the Thames Valley over the festive season. If you test positive, you face losing your licence for at least 12 months, a fine of up to £5,000 and even a prison sentence.

“The message is simple – If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive. It’s not worth the risk.”

The number of women arrested increased by 55 per cent this year, from 31 to 48, and the number of men arrested increased by five per cent, from 199 to 210.

Thames Valley Police launched its Christmas drink-drive campaign on December 1, and it will run until New Year’s Day.

The campaign is part of a national crackdown, supported by the Department for Transport (DfT) and the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), to highlight the consequences of drink-driving.