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policesandowntrainstationThe amount of people arrested for drink driving over the Christmas period fell by 18 according to Hampshire Constabulary, despite a 77% increase in the total amount of people breathalysed.

As part of a crackdown operation across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, police officers stopped and breathalysed 6,918 motorists in December – compared to 3,903 in December 2013 – which resulted in 195 arrests. The operation saw a drop of 18 arrests compared to December 2013.

Here on the Island just 11 people were arrested for suspected drink-drive offences – a fall of 1 arrest compared to the previous year’s operation.

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The oldest arrested motorist was 80-years-old, whilst the youngest was just 17.

Hampshire Constabulary’s Sgt Rob Heard said:

“These results show that Hampshire Constabulary is dedicated to reducing the risks of impaired driving on our roads. Driving whilst impaired greatly increases your risk of being involved in a collision and can cause devastating consequences to all involved. It is pleasing to see that the message is getting through with over 97% of people stopped being legal to drive and a drop in the number of people over the drink drive limit from last year.

“This has been helped by the large number of people being breath tested, as each one of them will have told their family and friends and this may well have made someone think twice about taking a chance and driving whilst impaired. It is disappointing that 195 people tested positive, putting their own and other lives at risk through their actions. We will continue to target those who drive whilst impaired to make our roads safer and to prevent the devastating consequences of fatal collisions. This is vital and important work and all of our officers and staff are dedicated to raising awareness and reducing the number of those people who think it is safe to drive whilst impaired. It’s not worth the risk!

“During December we have had some shocking incidents involving drink drivers. One involved an Articulated Tanker driver who was stopped on the M27 eastbound at Rownhams, near Southampton. The vehicle was a low hazardous tanker and on being stopped the driver could hardly stand up and needed to be supported by the officers. He blew 110mg, which is over 3 times the drink drive limit. He was charged with the offence and went to court on 7th January where he received a disqualification for two years and 120 hours of unpaid work.

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“This is just one instance where the reckless and totally irresponsible actions of a driver narrowly avoided a serious incident which could have caused many serious and fatal injuries.”

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