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Hundreds of festive drink and drug-drive arrests in Hampshire

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Hundreds of festive drink and drug-drive arrests in Hampshire

Published at 2:24pm 18th January 2019.

There were 275 arrests for drink and drug driving in Hampshire across the festive period.

As part of the force's Operation Holly, which ran between 1 December and 1 January, officers carried out thousands of roadside breath tests, as well as drug wipe and field impairment tests.

In our area Hampshire Constabulary made 43 arrests - compared with 38 in 2017.

Across Rushmoor, Hart and East Hampshire the number of drug-related arrests went up from 8 to 12 - higher than the average rise of 28 per cent across the region.

East Hampshire saw the most drink-drive arrests in our area with 13, while Rushmoor was the lowest with six.

Road Safety Sergeant Rob Heard, from the Roads Policing Unit for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police said: 

“We’ve seen a small drop in the number arrested for drink driving, which is good, however, there continues to be a steady rise in the number caught for drug driving over the last few years.

“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. It is disappointing that some people still take that risk.

"Too many people continue to be complacent about the realities of road deaths and serious injuries."

Sgt Heard put the increase in drug-drive arrests down to improvements in roadside testing, rather than necessarily being because of more drug drivers being on the road.

Earlier this month Surrey Police published their results from the festive period, with the neighbouring force seeing an increase on the previous year's arrest tally.

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