First arrests in drink-drive crackdown

By a County Press reporter

Monday, December 3, 2012

 

WITHIN hours of the launch of this year’s Christmas drink-drive campaign, a motorist on the Isle of Wight was arrested.

Roads policing officers arrested 17 people on suspicion of drink-driving across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight during the first weekend of the 'Smashed’ campaign.

So far, the youngest person arrested was 18 years old and the oldest was 62.

Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley, of the Joint Operations Unit roads policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said: "To have made 17 arrests already is hugely disappointing, even if that is a reduction on the same time period last year.

"We hear a lot of excuses from people when we arrest them, from 'I concentrate better when I have been drinking’ to 'I’ve only had one’.

"Be sure and be safe – don’t drive at all if you’ve been drinking. There’s no excuse for it and no legitimate reason for taking that risk."

Hampshire Constabulary has asked people across the two counties to text 80999 to report anyone they suspect of driving drink or being drug impaired behind the wheel.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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