Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Hampshire drink-drive arrests more than double

The number of motorists arrested during a Christmas crackdown on drink driving in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight has more than doubled on last year.

Officers arrested 43 people for failing breath tests in the first four days of Operation Holly, a 126% rise on 2010.

Police stopped 338 vehicles and carried out 320 breathalyser checks since the operation began on 1 December.

Of the 43 people arrested, 33 have been charged, seven released on bail and three face no further action.

Thirty six of the motorists arrested were male while seven were female, police said.

Supt Chris Brown, of Hampshire Constabulary, said: "Drink or drug driving is a choice you make. If you make the wrong decision you face a driving ban, up to £5,000 in fines and a criminal record - and that's only the best case scenario."

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