Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire and Isle of Wight summer drink-drive arrests down

The number of motorists arrested for drink driving in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight over the summer is down 19% on the previous year.

Officers arrested 593 people during the force's summer drink-drive campaign, compared to 728 in 2011.

Ch Insp Andy Bottomley, of Hampshire Police, said: "For those out there who drink and drive I have this message: you are an accident waiting to happen."

He said he was pleased arrests are down but said 593 was "too great a number".

Three quarters of the people arrested, a total of 445, have been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, police said.

Three have been bailed pending further inquiries and 145 have been released with no further action, police said.

Ch Insp Bottomley continued: "It just takes one wrong move, one delayed reaction and my officers could be knocking on your family's door to tell them you're dead.

"Worse still, my officers could be knocking on another family's door to tell them their loved one is dead because of you."

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