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POLICE are urging party-goers not to let that ‘one for the road’ ruin your Christmas.

So far, 10 people across the county have been arrested for being over the limit the morning after a night on the tiles, as part of its successful Operation Holly anti drink-drive initiative.

Officers, who have backed The News’ Steer Clear campaign calling on pubs and clubs to offer free soft drinks to designated drivers, made the arrests between 5am and 10.59am.

Insp Martin Goodall, of Hampshire Constabulary’s Road Policing Unit, said: ‘People need to consider when they will finish drinking and plan ahead.

‘Most people wouldn’t dream of driving at 7pm if they were still drinking and drunk at 1pm. It’s the same for those who are still drinking at 1am when they are off to work at 7am the following morning.

‘Not realising you’re still over the limit won’t stop you from being banned from driving, a hefty fine and a criminal record – ignorance is not an excuse.’

In total, 940 vehicles were stopped by officers in the past week and 664 breath tests carried out. Of arrests to date, 128 of suspects were male and 20 were female.

Police have charged 108 people with drink-driving, bailed 20 suspected offenders pending further inquiries and released 20 people with no further action.

There were 29 arrests made in the Central Hampshire area –– including Fareham, Gosport, Winchester and Havant – and 16 were made in Portsmouth.

A total of 142 motorists have been arrested since Sussex police launched its anti-drink drive campaign in November.

Insp Goodall added: ‘When all is said and done, the easiest way to ensure you’re not drunk at the wheel is to not drink before driving in the first place.

He added: ‘Don’t let that “one for the road” ruin your Christmas.’