Police arrest 149 suspects in crackdown on Hampshire’s drink-drivers

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MORE than 140 drink-driving arrests have been made in a summer crackdown as police warn messages about the dangers are still not getting through.

Hampshire Constabulary Superintendent Chris Brown warned there will be no let-up on drink-drivers who flout the law.

It comes as figures show 149 suspects were arrested between June 1 and June 24 – up one per cent on the same period last year.

Superintendent Brown, head of roads policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said: ‘[The] 149 people arrested for drink driving shows the large number of people still willing to put themselves before everyone else’s safety.

‘People still aren’t getting the message and yet we know drinking while over the limit causes fatal collisions, we know that any amount of alcohol affects your ability to drive and we know that if you’re caught drink-driving you will be banned from driving.

‘We’ll continue to target drink drivers hard and get them before the courts whenever we can.’

More arrests have been made in Southampton than anywhere else so far at 31 in total.

Fifteen people were arrested in Portsmouth, 14 in Havant and 10 in Fareham and Gosport.

Of the 149 arrests made, 112 suspects were charged, 19 people were released with no further action and 18 were bailed.

The oldest suspect is a 71-year-old man, and the youngest an 18-year-old man.