Drink and Drugs – Rise in Arrests


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As part of their joint summer drink and drug drive campaign Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police have seen a 37% rise in the number of drivers arrested for drug driving and a 25% increase in the number arrested for drink driving, compared to last year.

2017 2018 Difference
Drivers failing breath tests 316 394 Up 25%
Drivers arrested for drug driving offences 110 151 Up 37%

3,327 drivers were tested overall during the month-long campaign that ran from the 14 June to 15 July 2018, resulting in a total of 536 arrests.

Stop and roadside checks were conducted both morning and evening where drivers were asked to provide a voluntary breath test.

Hampshire and Thames Valley’s Road Safety Sergeant Rob Heard, says drivers had plenty of warnings: “We made it clear to drivers that we would be stepping up our enforcement for drink and drug driving and warn them against the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“We also shared the personal tragedy of Karen Marchant, who lost her daughter to a drink driver in the hope that it would deter others from taking that risk.

“Sadly, there are still a significant number of people that think it’s acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol and/or drugs, risking their own life and other innocent people’s lives.”

“I do not believe we have more drug drivers on the road, but simply the equipment has allowed us to detect them more easily. Over the last two years we have started using drug testing equipment more and more, with all roads policing officers carrying the drug analysers which they can use when they have a suspicion someone maybe driving under the influence of a drug.

“These people caught will now face the consequences of their thoughtless, selfish actions.”

Please view Karen’s Story Warning: contains images which may upset some people.