Almost 400 people arrested for drink and drug driving across Thames Valley Area in one month

383 people were arrested across the area between 1st December and 1st January.

On December 1st, the Joint Operations Roads Policing Unit of Hampshire Constabulary and Thames Valley Police launched Operation Holly.

The operation combines educational and enforcement activity and ran until 1st January.

Hundreds of people were arrested and more than a thousand drivers were stopped during the month crackdown.

The total numbers for the Thames Valley area:

  • 383 people were arrested- 229 for drink driving and 152 for drug driving.
  • 1541 breath tests were conducted, with 75 positive results – 5.04% of those tested
  • 265 drug wipes were carried out, with 125 positive results – 47.17% of those tested
  • The age group with the most positive breath tests and drug wipes combined was 25-34 (37% of total) followed by 35-49 (32%).
  • Those aged 25-34 had the highest percentage of positive breath tests (37.33%) closely followed by 35-49 (36%).
  • Those aged 25-34 had the highest percentage of positive drug wipes (36.8%), followed by 35-49 (29.6%).

Sergeant Dave Hazlett, of the Thames Valley Police and Hampshire Constabulary Road Safety Unit, said: “These figures show that we will not tolerate drink or drug driving on the roads of the Thames Valley.

“The percentage of positive breath test results reflects what we already know – that the vast majority of road users follow the rules. I would like to thank everyone who drove responsibly over the festive season and helped to keep our roads safe.

“On the other hand, the percentage of positive drug wipes shows that drug driving remains an issue, across several age groups.

“Although the operation has ended, we are still policing our roads and arresting drink and drug drivers on a daily basis. Make sure you drive responsibly so your name is not added to that list.

“Our advice is clear. Drinking alcohol or taking any drug, even if prescribed, can affect your ability to drive safely - so it’s not worth the risk.”