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Hundreds Arrested As Part Of Hampshire And Isle Of Wight Drink And Drug Driving Crackdown

From December 1 to January 1, the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit of Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police launched Operation Holly.

The operation combined educational and enforcement activity and was supported by officers across both forces.

In Hampshire and the Isle of Wight:

  • 288 people were arrested, 168 for drink driving and 120 for drug driving.
  • 1,033 breath tests were conducted, with 22 positive results – 2.1% of those tested
  • 139 drug wipes were carried out, with 67 positive results – 48.2% of those tested
  • The age group with the most positive breath tests and drug wipes combined was 35-49 (29% of total) followed by 25-34 (26%).
  • Those aged 25-34 had the highest percentage of positive breath tests (36%) followed by 35-49 (32%).
  • Those aged 17-24 had the highest percentage of positive drug wipes (33%), closely followed by 25-34 (31%) and 35-49 (28%).

Sergeant, Dave Hazlett, of Hampshire & Thames Valley Police Road Safety Unit, said:

“These figures show we will not tolerate drink or drug driving on the roads of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.

“Although the operation has ended, we are still policing our roads and arresting drink and drug drivers on a daily basis.

“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.”

If you know of anyone who is drink or drug driving call 999 in an emergency, 101 with information or report anonymously via Crimestoppers