Portsmouth had second worst number of arrests during previous police drink-drive crackdown

14727_SEAT_BELT_12/3/14''PS Rob Heard from Hampshire Road Policing Unit. ''Officers carry out an operation in Northern Parade, Hilsea, Portsmouth to catch car drivers and their passengers not wearing seat belts. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14727-480) PPP-141203-210325003
14727_SEAT_BELT_12/3/14''PS Rob Heard from Hampshire Road Policing Unit. ''Officers carry out an operation in Northern Parade, Hilsea, Portsmouth to catch car drivers and their passengers not wearing seat belts. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (14727-480) PPP-141203-210325003
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PORTSMOUTH had the second highest proportion of drink-drivers arrested in a previous crackdown.

Across the county, 6,918 people were breathalysed and 195 of those were arrested.

In December 2014, Portsmouth had the second highest proportion of arrests at 25, second to Southampton’s 34.

The oldest person to be arrested and either charged or bailed was 80 and the youngest was 17. And 44 drivers arrested were under 25.

In 2014’s crackdown there was a drop in arrests from 213 in 2013 to 195 but a huge increase in breath tests from 3,903 to 6,918.

The breath test failure rate also dropped from 5.5 per cent to 2.8 per cent. Fareham and Gosport saw 17 arrests, Havant saw 12 and East Hampshire and Winchester had 19.

It comes as Hampshire and Thames Valley police today launch this year’s month-long crackdown on drink-driving over Christmas.

Sgt Rob Heard said: ‘It is pleasing to see that the message is getting through with over 97 per cent of people stopped being legal to drive and a drop in the number of people over the drink-drive limit from last year.

‘This has been helped by the large number of people being breath tested, as each one of them will have told their family and friends and this may well have made someone think twice about taking a chance.’