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Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police (TVP) arrested a total of 538 people for drink and/or drug-driving during their Christmas campaign, Operation Holly.

During the campaign, which ran from 1st December to 1st January, the number of people arrested for drink/drug driving was 14, an increase of 4 compared to 2015. In Hampshire, 222 arrests were made whilst in the Thames Valley that number was 316.

Roads Policing Chief Inspector Henry Parsons for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said:

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“It’s disappointing that we continue to find so many people drink driving. The effects of it are so dangerous and it’s not worth the risk- there is no excuse for it. These figures show that we remain committed to targeting those who cause death on our roads and make the roads less safe than they should be.”

The reporting of suspected drink driving by members of the public led to prompt action being taken by roads policing officers to protect the public. A 35-year-old man from Southampton was arrested and charged after another motorist noticed him driving erratically on the M3. When stopped by police, his breathalyser reading was 5 times the drink-drive limit. The driver pleaded guilty and received an 8-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with a disqualification from driving for 36 months.

Do you know someone who drinks over the limit or takes drugs and drives? Call police on 101 or, if it’s an emergency, dial 999. If you don’t want to speak to police or give your name, phone the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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