Drink driving numbers drop

Hampshire Police has released new figures showing a significant drop in the number of people arrested for drink driving.

Number arrested down a fifth

Police arrested 593 people during Hampshire Constabulary’s summer drink-drive campaign Op Solar, 19 per cent less than in 2011. Of 593 arrests, 445 people where charged with driving under the influence, three were bailed pending further enquiries and 145 were released with no further action.

It is encouraging to see a reduction in the number of drink-drivers this summer. While we have arrested fewer people this year, 593 is still too great a number. This demonstrates drink-driving is still an issue which many do not take seriously. For those who drink and drive I have this message: You are an accident waiting to happen. It just takes one wrong move, one delayed reaction and my officers could be knocking on your family’s door to tell them you’re dead. Worse still, my officers could be knocking on another family’s door to tell them their loved one is dead because of you."

– Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley, Hampshire Constabulary Roads Policing Unit,

Of those arrested, there were 482 men and 111 women. The youngest arrested was a 16-year-old boy and the oldest a 79-year-old man. The average age of those arrested was 36 years. August saw the most arrests this year with 201 followed by June with 188.

Last year the campaign’s busiest month was July with 279 arrests, then August with 234, followed by June with 188.