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The number of people arrested for drink or drug driving on the Isle of Wight over the Christmas period fell by 9 this year, figures released by Hampshire Constabulary reveal.

Between 1st December 2018 and 1st January 2019, a total of 20 people were arrested by Police; 11 for drink driving and 9 for drug driving. Operation Holly – the name for the crackdown operation across Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and the Thames Valley – caught 29 drivers the previous year.

Sergeant Rob Heard, Road Safety lead for Hampshire Constabulary has said:

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“This year we have been very intelligence-led and worked closely with our partners from other organisations to help remind people of the dangers and consequences of impaired driving.

“Our message is simple – don’t mix drink or drugs with driving, they may stay longer in your system than you think – it’s not worth the risk. Such behaviour on our roads has far-reaching effects not just for the impaired driver, but for any innocent road users affected by their destructive decisions.”

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