Arrests made just days into Hampshire’s drink drive campaign

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HAMPSHIRE police have arrested 17 people on suspicion of drink-driving after just two days into their crackdown on the offence.

A total of 13 men and four women were arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of booze between 12.01am on Saturday and 11.59pm on Sunday.

Of those arrested, 14 were charged and three were bailed pending further enquiries. The youngest person arrested was 18 years old and the oldest was 62.

The force’s ‘Smashed’ campaign was launched on Saturday and is aimed at targeting illegal drivers during Christmas.

The highest number of arrests were in East Hampshire, with three in Fareham, three in Portsmouth and one on the Isle of Wight. There were four arrests in Basingstoke, two in Andover, two in Southampton, one in The New Forest and one in the Eastleigh and Romsey district.

Chief Inspector Andy Bottomley said: ‘We hear a lot of excuses from people when we arrest them. Our message is simple: don’t drink and drive.’