Thirty-six arrests in first 5 days of drink-drive 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.

“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.”

– Supt Chris Brown, Head of Roads Policing for Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police