Thames Valley Drink-Drive Arrests Fall

19 June 2012, 09:23

Thames Valley Police have arrested 92 people on suspicion of drink-driving so far this month - down from nearly 170 over the same period last year.

It's part of their annual crackdown on drink and drug drivers over the summer months.

Of those arrested, 70 were men and 22 were women. The average age of those arrested was 34.

In total, 53 of the 92 arrested have been charged.

36 of the arrests have been made in Berkshire, 35 in Buckinghamshire and 21 in Oxfordshire.

Overall there has been a 45% drop in the number of arrests, with 168 being made over the same period of the campaign in 2011.

The campaign, which runs until the end of June, will see 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.

Superintendent Chris Brown, head of Roads Policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said:

"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."

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