Gloucestershire Christmas drink drive figures 'very high'

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Gloucestershire Police have said the number of people arrested on suspicion of drink driving during its Christmas campaign is "hugely disappointing".

So far 65 people have been arrested since 1 December and officers fear this number will increase into the new year.

Insp Jason Keates said there had been 22 arrests in week four of the campaign - which he described as "very high".

Of those, 17 aged between 16 and 51, are due to appear before magistrates in the new year.

"With the new year celebrations fast approaching we know some people may be tempted to get behind the wheel under the influence and we will be running roadside tests throughout the county to ensure we catch those breaking the law," Insp Keates said.

"It's hugely disappointing people aren't heeding the warning and considering the consequences of being caught.

"The only safe and sensible way to ensure you stay safe is to avoid drinking any alcohol if you are going to drive."

The arrests, made between 22 and 29 December, took place in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Stroud, Cirencester, Berkeley, Lydney, Coleford, Tetbury, Yorkley and Tewkesbury.

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