VIDEO: Motorists convicted of drink driving are backing a new campaign to prevent young drivers from making the same mistakes. Phil Hornby reports.
Police have carried out 28% fewer breath tests in this summers drink drive campaign but found the same number of drink drivers.Officers took 1,543 breath tests from motorists in June this year – 598 fewer tests than 2011 - but made an equal number of arrests.
Southampton, Winchester and Havant had the greatest number of arrests during the first month of Hampshire Constabulary’s summer drink-drive campaign, Op Solar.
Of the three force Areas – Northern, Western and Eastern – it was Eastern that had the most arrests, 67, with 19 in Havant, 18 in Portsmouth, 18 on the Isle of Wight and 12 in Fareham.
More than 180 motorists have been arrested as part of Thames Valley Police's summer drink driving crackdown. Officers launched the campaign to tackle drink drivers and those who had taken drugs. Video shows drivers being tested during the 2010 campaign.
Police have made thirty-six arrests in the first five days of 'Op Solar' - a summer drink driving campaign across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Of those arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, thirty-one were male, and five were female.
The oldest person was a 70-year-old woman detained in the New Forest, while the youngest person was an 18-year-old man from the New Forest. The average age of those arrested was 31.
Hampshire Police say that in total, 29 of the 36 arrested have been charged, with one bailed and seven released with no further action. Officers say the operation so far has shown a 12% decrease on the 41 arrests made during the same period in 2011.
– Supt Chris Brown, Head of Roads Policing for Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police
“If you choose to drink and drive – and it is a choice - you face a driving ban, up to £5,000 in fines and a criminal record. “There is no excuse for drink driving and our message is simple; don’t do it. It’s not worth the risk.”