Rise in drink and drug drive arrests

By a County Press reporter

Monday, December 16, 2013



DRINK and drug driving arrests have risen on the Isle of Wight, compared with this time last year, figures released by police today (Monday) have shown.

Across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight there has been a 21 per cent rise in the number of people arrested for drink or drug driving between December 1 and December 15.

On the Isle of Wight there has been a 60 per cent leap, from five to eight.

Of those arrested across the region, 75 people have already been charged — a 39 per cent increase compared with last year.

It has come despite a hard-hitting campaign, focusing on the devastating impact a drink and drug impaired driver had on the family Evey Staley, who was killed in a crash last year.

Insp Andy Storey, who is heading the campaign, said: "It is disappointing that people still are not getting the message about drink driving. It is astounding that people are still taking the risk.

"We are putting more resources than ever before into this campaign. If you choose to drink or drug drive, we will catch you, you will go to court and you will lose your licence.

"But the human cost of drink driving has a much greater impact. As our videos last week of the Staley family showed, drink driving ruins lives."

He added: "This week we are focusing on designated drivers. If you are planning a night out with friends or family decide on a designated driver or have a plan to get home via a way that does not involve you getting behind the wheel if you have had a drink or taken something else."

See an interview with Neal and Penny Staley, Evey's parents, below:

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