Men are the worst culprits for drinking and driving

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MEN are far more likely to drink and drive than women, police statistics show.

A force crackdown in December saw 171 men arrested for drink driving, while 44 women were arrested.

In total there were 215 arrests – up from 195 in 2014.

The figures show there were 24 arrests in Portsmouth, 11 in Havant, 21 in Fareham and Gosport and 17 in East Hampshire and Winchester districts.

There were 162 charges made.

The average offender was 36 years old and the oldest person to be caught was 73.

Roadside checks were supported by the ‘Where will you end up tonight?’ campaign, which carried the hard-hitting theme of a mortuary to emphasise the fatal consequences of drink-driving.

The number of people breath tested across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight during the campaign was 7,606 – an increase on the 6,918 in 2014.

Sergeant Rob Heard, from the road safety unit, said: ‘The fatal consequences of drink and drug driving must never be forgotten or ignored. All road users can suffer devastating life-changing implications.’