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TRAFFIC police have arrested 36 people on suspicion of drink-driving in the first week of a crackdown.

Hampshire Constabulary has launched a summer drink-drive campaign called Op Solar.

It targets people who get behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs.

Since the launch on June 1, there have been 36 arrests across the county.

Five of them were in Portsmouth and one was in Havant.

Superintendent Chris Brown, the head of roads policing, said: ‘Getting behind the wheel after drinking may cost you your job, your relationship, your independence and the respect of others.

‘Most importantly it could cost you your life or the life of someone who has the misfortune of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.

‘There is no excuse for drink-driving and our message is simple – don’t do it. It’s not worth the risk.’

The arrests show a 12 per cent decrease on the 41 made in the same period last year.