Drink-drive arrests drop by 19 per cent in Hampshire

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HUNDREDS of people in Hampshire were caught drink-driving this summer under a police crackdown.

Hampshire Constabulary arrested 593 people during its summer drink-drive campaign Op Solar.

But there was a 19 per cent reduction from 2011.

The arrests were made between June 1 and September 3, where 445 people – 75 per cent – have been charged with driving under the influence.

Three people have been bailed pending further enquiries and 145 drivers were released with no further action.

In Portsmouth 56 people were arrested, 43 in Havant and 38 in Fareham and Gosport.

Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley, of the force’s roads policing unit, said: ‘Next to Christmas, we see the greatest number of drink-driving offences in the summer months.

‘And while our summer campaign is now over, we will still be on the roads running drink-drive operations as we always do.

‘There is no excuse for drink driving. It’s just not worth the risk.’