Police make 50 drink-drive arrests in Bucks and Oxon with summer crackdown

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A summer drink-drive crackdown has led to 22 arrests in Bucks and 28 in Oxon, Thames Valley Police reports today.

The campaign, which ran from June 1 to June 9, also saw 45 arrests in neighbouring Berkshire, bringing the total number of arrests in Thames Valley to 95.

The total shows an increase of 28 arrests compared to last summer’s drink-drive campaign.

Supt Henry Parsons, head of roads policing for Thames Valley Police, said: “Drinking and driving wrecks lives, most obviously the hundreds of victims and their loved ones who are killed each year.

“But it also changes the lives of the people who are selfish or stupid enough to drive when they are not fit to do so.

“If you choose to drink and drive – and it is a choice – you face a driving ban, up to £5,000 in fines and a criminal record.

“There is no excuse for drink-driving and our message is simple; don’t do it. It’s not worth the risk.”

Of those arrested, 79 were men and 16 were women. The oldest was a 73-year-old man arrested in Abingdon and the youngest was an 18-year-old arrested in Milton Keynes. The average age of those arrested was 36.