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There's a renewed warning tonight not to drink and drive - as people prepare for one of the biggest parties of the year. The Christmas period is notoriously bad - with people taking the risk and getting behind the wheel. A hundred arrests have already been made - as Kate Bunkall reports.
People are becoming less tolerant of drink drivers - that's what police in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight have found during their month long drink drive campaign. Since December 1, 100 people have been arrested for drink driving in the two counties.
Acting Police Sergeant Neil Lancaster spoke to Meridian and said officers have also been noticing how children are increasingly becoming the designated drivers for their parents on a night out.
Police are reminding festive party-goers to nominate a designated driver before heading out on the town this New Year’s Eve. The request comes as Hampshire Constabulary’s Christmas drink-drive campaign nears its end, with more than 100 people arrested for drink-driving since December 1.
Officers have been posting messages on Facebook and Twitter sites, encouraging people to get organised before they head out for the night. Chief inspector Andy Bottomley said: “People pulled over for drink-driving after a night out are often full of excuses but none of them are ever good enough.
“New Year’s Eve falls in the same month and on the same date every year so there’s no excuse not to plan ahead. Why not offer to buy one of your mate’s soft drinks all night, or pay for them to get into a club in exchange for that lift home?”