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Hundreds arrested in drink and drug driving crackdown in the Thames Valley

| January 5, 2022

Hundreds of people have been arrested and more than a thousand drivers were stopped as part a drink and drug driving crackdown in the Thames Valley.

From Wednesday 1st December 2021 to Saturday 1st January 2022, the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit of Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police launched Operation Holly, which combined educational and enforcement activity and was supported by officers across both forces.

In the Thames Valley:

  • 383 people were arrested, 229 for drink driving and 152 for drug driving.
  • 1,541 breath tests were conducted, with 75 positive results – 5.04% of those tested.
  • 265 drug wipes were carried out, with 125 positive results – 47.17% of those tested.
  • The age group with the most positive breath tests and drug wipes combined was 25-34 (37% of total) followed by 35-49 (32%).
  • Those aged 25-34 had the highest percentage of positive breath tests (37.33%) closely followed by 35-49 (36%).
  • Those aged 25-34 had the highest percentage of positive drug wipes (36.8%), followed by 35-49 (29.6%).

Sergeant Dave Hazlett, of the Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary Road Safety Unit, said: ‘These figures show that we will not tolerate drink or drug driving on the roads of the Thames Valley.

The percentage of positive breath test results reflects what we already know – that the vast majority of road users follow the rules. I would like to thank everyone who drove responsibly over the festive season and helped to keep our roads safe.

On the other hand, the percentage of positive drug wipes shows that drug driving remains an issue, across several age groups.

Although the operation has ended, we are still policing our roads and arresting drink and drug drivers on a daily basis. Make sure you drive responsibly so your name is not added to that list.

Our advice is clear. Drinking alcohol or taking any drug, even if prescribed, can affect your ability to drive safely – so it’s not worth the risk.

Driving while impaired through drink or drugs can increase the chances of people being killed or seriously injured in a road traffic collision.

Thames Valley Police advise that if you know of anyone who is drink or drug driving you should call 999 in an emergency, 101 with information or report anonymously via Crimestoppers.

*Source of article : Thames Valley Police ‘latest news’.

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