03:30AM, Thursday 02 January 2014
There has been a three per cent decrease in the number of people arrested for drink driving over the Christmas period so far compared to 2012.
Thames Valley Police arrested 245 drivers between the start of their 'Is it worth the risk?' campaign between December 1 and December 29 compared to 252 in the same time frame last year.
Of those arrested, 200 were men and 45 were women.
This shows there has been a 17 per cent decrease in women arrested and a one per cent increase in men arrested so far.
In total, 139 of the arrested people were charged, 71 bailed and 35 released with no further action.
The campaign runs until January 1 and sees Police targeting those they suspect to be driving under the influence of drink or drugs both on the way home from nights out and the morning after.
Of the arrests, 89 have been made in Berkshire, 94 in Buckinghamshire and 62 in Oxfordshire.
“We want you all to enjoy whatever it is that you are doing to see in the New Year and will continue to stop those that are still taking the risk," said Chief Inspector for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Roads Policing Unit, Henry Parsons.
"Having a drink and getting behind the wheel can cost lives, and those caught will face serious consequences."
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