Dozens of suspected drink and drug drivers arrested in crackdown

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  • Officers have arrested 69 men and 16 women in annual drink-drive campaign
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POLICE have arrested 85 people on suspicion of drink or drug-driving in a crackdown.

Hampshire police launched its annual Operation Holly on December 1 to tackle the increase of drink-driving over Christmas.

Now the force has revealed 69 men and 16 women have been arrested between December 1 and December 13.

Hampshire road safety Sergeant Rob Heard said: ‘Preventing and catching drivers under the influence of drink or drugs remains an absolute priority for police at this time of year.

‘Officers are on regular patrols across the Isle of Wight and Hampshire taking a rigorous approach to stopping those motorists endangering lives through their reckless actions.

‘Everyone should remember the catastrophic consequences for individuals and their families when a death or injury occurs as a result of drink or drug driving.’

He added: ‘The first-hand experience of witnessing the destruction that can be caused by a drink-driving collision underlines why it’s not worth the risk.’

The campaign, run by Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary, is named ‘Where will you end up tonight?’ and saw the launch of a YouTube video.

The video features a young woman who believes that she wakes up after a night out – only for the viewer to realise that in fact her body is in a mortuary.

Report a driver on 101 or text 80999 with details of the vehicle, driver, location and times.

Everyone should remember the catastrophic consequences for individuals and their families when a death or injury occurs as a result of drink or drug driving

Sgt Rob Heard

If you wish to remain anonymous, contact the independent Crimestoppers charity by phoning 0800 555 111.

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