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Officer 'astounded' as December drink-drive arrest figures increase by 11.5%

'Drink driving ruins lives', that's the message from the officer in charge of Hampshire's anti-drink driving campaign

Nearly 20 people were arrested for drink driving in Hart and Rushmoor during December, with the officer leading Hampshire Constabulary's anti-drink driving campaign "astounded" at the behaviour.

There were 196 drivers arrested on suspicion of drink driving in Hampshire between December 1 and 29 this year - up from 174 during the same period last year.

Of these, 17 were caught in Hart and Rushmoor.

The oldest person arrested was 82 and the youngest 17 and, of the total, 167 were men and 29 were women.

The figure represents a rise of 11.5% in the number of offences compared with 2012, and this is despite more resources than ever being put into this year's Hampshire Constabulary's Is it Worth the Risk? campaign.

Inspector Andy Storey, who is leading the campaign, said he was unhappy that the efforts of the force had gone unnoticed by some members of the public who were still endangering lives by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol.

He said the message from the force remained that "drink driving ruins lives".

"It is disappointing that people still are not getting the message about drink driving," he said. "It is astounding that people are still taking the risk."

Figures for the whole of December 2013 are expected later this week.



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