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Drug-Driving Arrests Overtake Drink-Driving Numbers In Christmas Crackdown

By Times Reporter in Crime News on January 11, 2024

Hampshire Police made more than 300 arrests for drink and drug driving over the festive period.

And for the first time, more people were arrested for drug-driving than for being over the alcohol limit.

From December 1st to December 31st 2023, officers from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Constabulary and Thames Valley Police’s Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit carried out Operation Holly – targeted activity in order to stop drivers under the influence of drink and drugs.

More than 1,000 arrests were made by the two forces, 302 of them by Hampshire Police: drink-driving:131, drug-driving: 156 and
drink & drug driving: 15.

This was an increase on the previous period’s figure of 286 in total and saw a reversal of the positions of each offence, which were 153 were for drink driving and 133 were for drug driving in December 2022.

Detective Chief Inspector Mike Bettington, of the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit, said: “Operation Holly is carried out during the festive period every year and it’s disappointing to see that people are still getting behind the wheel when under the influence of drink and/or drugs.

“We see too often the devastating consequences that can result from this behaviour and I am pleased that we have managed to make so many arrests and prevent the potential harm that can be caused by drink and drug drivers.

“Our priority is to make the roads safer for everyone and we’d ask the public to help us do this by challenging anyone you think may be about to drive having drank alcohol or used drugs.

“Even the smallest amount of alcohol or drugs can impact on your driving. It’s not worth the risk.”

Photo: Avon and Somerset Police

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