Drink-driving op arrests

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POLICE have arrested more than 40 people in the first four days of a Christmas drink and drug-driving crackdown.

Roads policing officers have stopped 338 vehicles and conducted 320 breath tests since Operation Holly launched on December 1.

So far 43 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving – a 126 per cent rise on the same period last year.

Of those arrested, 36 are male and seven are female – with the youngest being aged 17 and the oldest 76.

Superintendent Chris Brown, head of Roads Policing for Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police, said: ‘Our message is very simple, very clear. Do not drink and drive. Do not take the risk.’

Members of the public are urged to report anyone they suspect of drink or drug-driving anonymously via the text-only number 80999.

Anyone witnessing a drink-drive offence in progress should call 999.

The campaign will run until January 1.