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ISLAND Police have today launched their summer drink-drive reduction campaign. 

Last year, across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, 692 people were arrested between June 1 and September 1 on suspicion of drink-driving. Of those arrested 561 were charged with the offence.

With Britain hosting the 2012 Olympics, the constabulary’s Roads Policing unit is anticipating is potential rise in people unwittingly getting behind the wheel drunk as they celebrate what is hoped to be a golden year for UK athletes.

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Roads policing officers will be out in force this summer carrying out drink-drive operations throughout the Isle of Wight. Officers will breathalyse everyone suspected of a driving offence.

This year they’ll be carrying out early morning operations targeting those who may still be suffering the affects of alcohol consumed the night before.

Last year 692 drivers aged between 16 and 89 found themselves in police custody after failing a breath test. Of those arrested 561 were male and 130 female.

The worst age group for drink-driving was 21 to 25-year-olds with 146 arrests (21 per cent) between June and September. Drivers aged between 26 and 30 came in a close second with 93 arrests (13 per cent).

Anyone caught drink-driving faces a minimum 12-month ban, up to £5,000 fine and a criminal record. Causing death by drink-driving carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison and a minimum two-year ban.

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Being drunk in charge of a vehicle could result in three months’ imprisonment, a fine of up to £2,500 and a driving ban.

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