Police are now in a position to publish more details about the results from Operation Holly: the Christmas campaign to prevent drink and drug driving.
Dedicated patrols were carried out regularly between December 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016 to deter and detect motorists suspected of putting lives in danger.
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.
The number of arrests across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight increased as well from 195 in 2014 to 215 in 2015.
The Joint Operations Unit is publishing further analysis showing the locations of these arrests.
The actions of officers on patrol were supported by the ‘Where will you end up tonight?’ campaign, which carries the hard-hitting theme of a mortuary to emphasise the fatal consequences of drink-driving.
The campaign reinforces the stark message that motorists who drink-drive risk ruining not just their own life, but the lives of others too, such as passengers and pedestrians.
To watch the ‘Where will you end up tonight?’ video, please visit our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO0dh74lwQ0
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Hampshire Constabulary Road Safety Sergeant Rob Heard said: “The fatal consequences of drink and drug driving must never be forgotten or ignored. All road users can suffer devastating life-changing implications, whether they are drivers, passengers, pedestrians or family members who suffer the horrendous emotional effects from such tragedies.
“More motorists must understand why it’s not worth the risk, and the overall increase in arrests shows that our commitment to campaigning on this issue remains constant and vigorous.”
Do you know someone who drinks over the limit or takes drugs and drives? Call police on 101 or, if it’s an emergency, dial 999. If you don’t want to speak to police or give your name, call the independent Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111.