Police crackdown reveals number of drink and drug drivers increasing
The number of people in Hampshire who were caught driving under the influence of either drink or drugs over the most recent festive period has risen.
Figures released by Hampshire Constabulary reveal the higher number in the annual crackdown called Operation Holly, from around December 1 to January 1.
In 2016, 222 drivers in the county were found to be affected by either drink or drugs when pulled over by police.
Last year, the figure rose to 254, an increase of 12.9 per cent on the previous year.
More than three quarters of those arrested were male. Most offenders were aged between 21 and 30.
A spokesperson for Hampshire Police, Sergeant Rob Heard, said: “New legislation and equipment made detecting drug drivers much easier, and this resulted in extra arrests. Our commitment towards preventing the distress and misery caused by driving under the influence of drink or drugs is unwavering.”