119 people arrested in summer drink-driving blitz

119 people arrested in summer drink-driving blitz

Rachel Foster

119 people arrested in summer drink-driving blitz

A summer blitz on drink-driving by Thames Valley Police has seen 119 people arrested in 15 days.

The campaign, which ran from June 1-15, coincided with the force's Watch Your Game initiative reminding people to be aware about the dangers of driving the morning after boozing during the World Cup.

Of the people arrested 100 were men and 19 women.

The average age was 37.

Police charged 75, bailed 31 and released 13 with no further action.

The arrests show a 13 percent decrease on the 136 arrests made during the same period in 2013.

The campaign targeted individuals suspected of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, both on the way home from nights out and the morning after a heavy night.

Of the arrests, 44 have been made in Berkshire, 43 in Buckinghamshire and 32 in Oxfordshire.

Superintendent Lucy Hutson, head of roads policing for Thames Valley and Hampshire said: "Is it worth the risk? The answer is simple, no it isn't.

"Just because you haven’t had a drink for a few hours, it doesn’t mean all the alcohol has left your system and you can drive, you are still likely to be over the limit."

She added: "Extra patrols will be out over the next few months carrying out a number of breath tests. If you are caught drink driving you could face a criminal conviction, possible prison term, driving ban, and could even lose your job."

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