Drink driving: ‘Is it worth the risk?’

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Thames Valley Police have arrested 143 people on suspicion of drink-driving 15 days into their Christmas campaign.

The ‘Is it worth the risk?’ campaign targets drivers on the way home from a night out as well as on the morning after a heavy night. This year’s campaign so far has seen 121 men arrested, a five per cent increase on last year, and 22 women arrested, a 24 per cent decrease on last year.

Of the arrests, 62 were in Bucks and 37 were in Oxon.

In total, 73 of the arrested people have been charged, with 49 bailed and 21 released with no further action.

Chief Inspector for Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit, Henry Parsons said: “Drink driving is dangerous and it kills or seriously injures many people each year, devastating families.

“I would encourage people to think twice about drink driving over the Christmas period when alternatives are available.”