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.
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.”
– Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley, Roads Policing, Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police
Wiltshire Police have released the results of their Christmas Drink Drive campaign. Officers arrested eighty-five drivers for positive breath tests, refusing or failing to provide a test.
Another thirteen drivers were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs while driving.
The annual anti-drink driving campaign ran from 1st December to 1st January 2013. Wiltshire Police administered 2,579 breath tests in total.
“As a direct result of this crackdown, 85 drivers are now off our roads for being giving a positive breath test, refusing or failing to provide a breath test and 13 were arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of drugs.
“The number of collisions reported to Wiltshire Police between December 1st 2012 and January 1st 2013 has fallen by 277 compared to the same period last year which reduced the number of breath tests administered following collisions by 65 and the total number of those that were positive, refused or failed to provide fell by 6.
“'The aim of this year’s campaign was firstly to highlight the dangers of drug and drink driving supported by a planned pro-active increase in the number of road checks and vehicles stopped.
“What I would like to make perfectly clear is that we have officers patrolling our roads throughout the year – not just over the Christmas period. Drivers should not get complacent as we have team targeting those drivers who put themselves and others at risk by getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”
– Inspector Steve Cox, Head of Roads Policing, Wiltshire Police