Police arrest 240 suspected drink drivers in summer campaign

Police arrest 240 suspected drink drivers in summer campaign

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Simon Meechan

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Police arrest 240 suspected drink drivers in summer campaign

One more suspected drink-driver was arrested by the police in this June's clampdown than in the previous year.

Between June 1 and June 30, 240 drivers were arrested across the Thames Valley and Hampshire areas, compared to 239 in June 2013.

In total 197 men were arrested, down from 200 last year, while 43 women were arrested - up from 39.

Of those arrested 129 have been charged, 71 bailed and 40 released with no further action.

The police targeted motorists they suspected of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, on the way home from nights out and the morning after.

Chief Superintendent Lucy Hutson from roads policing said: “This year’s joint anti drink drive campaign with Hampshire Constabulary has concluded. We’ve made 240 arrests across the two forces.

“Each drink driver arrested and taken off the road helps to make our roads safer and prevents potential death or serious injury. Each death and serious injury we prevent stops pain and devastation to an even wider circle of family and friends.”

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