Hampshire Police have released their drink drive figures for the festive season over Christmas and the New Year. The number of arrests have dropped by 15% compared to last year.
A total of 5,811 drivers were breath tested – 4% more than over Christmas 2011.
Two hundred and five people had positive reading and were arrested. Of this number 12% were at least three times over the drink-drive limit.
Officers have charged 140 people (68%) with drink-drive offences, bailed 51 (25%) pending further enquiries, and released 14 people (7%) with no further action.
It is important to point out that while we carry out drink-drive operations throughout the year, we see a spike in this type of offending in the weeks leading up to and just after Christmas.
“After seeing a nine per cent rise in drink-drive arrests in 2011, it was clear that we needed to invest more time and resources into our Christmas campaign in 2012.
As part of this we carried out operations every Friday and Saturday night and Sunday and Monday morning as well as our usual roadside checks and joined forces with our colleagues in the local Safer Neighbourhoods teams spreading drink-drive messages with the help of bumper stickers, beer mats in local pubs and by touring with a crashed car which just one year previously had been involved in a drink-drive fatality.
– Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley, Roads Policing, Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police
I like to think that this has paid dividends, not only because of the number of arrests made but hopefully in that the volume of officers out on Hampshire’s and the Isle of Wight’s roads would, for some, been good enough reason not to chance it.”