Drink driving crackdown in Hampshire sees rise in arrests

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THE number of motorists arrested on suspicion of drink-driving has rocketed during a police crackdown.

Hampshire police say arrests are up 20 per cent year-on-year since the campaign, called Operation Solar, started on June 1.

Officers arrested 72 people on suspicion of drink-driving in the first 10 days of the crackdown – up from 60 in the same period last year.

Of those 55 have been charged, 14 released with no further action and three bailed pending further enquiries. In total seven of the arrests were in Portsmouth, five in Fareham and Gosport district and five in Havant.

Superintendent Chris Brown, head of roads policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said: ‘Sadly, as the figures show, detected drink-driving offences for this summer period are so far up on last year, which is not good news.

‘If you’re off to the pub or a mate’s house to watch a Euro 2012 match over the next few weeks, make arrangements get home safely.

‘Leave your car keys at home if you’ll be tempted to drive and book a taxi or get someone to pick you up.’

‘Think of your family,’ he added.

The force’s Western Area – which covers Southampton, Eastleigh and Romsey district and the New Forest, accounted for the most arrests – with 21 in Southampton, eight in the Eastleigh and Romsey district and four in the New Forest.