Nearly 200 people arrested on suspicion of drink-driving in Hampshire

Daily Echo: Nearly 200 people arrested on suspicion of drink-driving Nearly 200 people arrested on suspicion of drink-driving

NEARLY 200 people were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving on Hampshire roads during December.

Latest figures revealed by Hampshire Constabulary show a total of 196 people were arrested for drink-driving offences in from December 1 - 29.

Last year 174 people were arrested during the same period - 22 less than this year.

Out of those arrested 167 were men and 29 were women.

The oldest man arrested on suspicion of drink-driving was 82 while the youngest was 17.

A total of 35 people were arrested in the Southampton area alone - the highest amount of arrests in the county.

East Hants and Winchester saw 23 arrests, while police swooped to arrest 20 people in Fareham and Gosport.

There were 12 arrests made in the Eastleigh and Romsey area, nine in the New Forest, and 12 on the Isle of Wight.

However it is not known if any of the arrests were made the morning after a night out.

The increase in arrests will come as a disappointment for the force on the back of its hard-hitting Is It Worth The Risk? anti-drink and drug driving campaign.

The campaign, which ran throughout December, focused on the tragic story of Evey Staley, who was killed in a car crash caused by a drink-driver on the Isle of Wight.

As reported, the Staley family were driving to the shops when their car was hit by another car driven by Robert Blakeley, who was two and a half times over the drink-drive limit and had been smoking cannabis.

Evey died as a result of her injuries and her parents, Neal and Penny, suffered serious injuries.

Her parents appeared in an emotional interview as part of the campaign detailing the devastating impact Evey's death has had on family and friends.

A purple ribbon became the icon of the campaign and has been worn by people and police officers across the county to raise awareness of the dangers associated with drink and drug driving.

The wreckage of the Staley family's car was also exhibited across the county to give members of the public a sobering reminder of the impact it has on lives.

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6:41pm Mon 30 Dec 13

CHIMPANZEE says...

As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.
As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice. CHIMPANZEE

6:57pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Saintly Sam says...

"Persons of colour"?
Swallow a PC dictionary, did we,?
I don't suppose any "person of colour" has ever driven drunk, so should never be stopped.
As a "person of colour" myself, (I'm white), I was stopped just before Christmas, my test was negative and I did not bellyache about it, I was glad to see the cops do their bit to keep the drunks off the road, as every time a drunk driver is arrested the roads are a little safer.
Get over yourself.
"Persons of colour"? Swallow a PC dictionary, did we,? I don't suppose any "person of colour" has ever driven drunk, so should never be stopped. As a "person of colour" myself, (I'm white), I was stopped just before Christmas, my test was negative and I did not bellyache about it, I was glad to see the cops do their bit to keep the drunks off the road, as every time a drunk driver is arrested the roads are a little safer. Get over yourself. Saintly Sam

8:48pm Mon 30 Dec 13

eastsidemush says...

On the subject of drink driving, I'd like to share an experience that happened to me just before Christmas. Hopefully it will serve as a warning to everyone.
I met some friends at a pub in the New Forest and enjoyed a great evening, though I have to confess I ended up having rather more to drink than I intended.
Realising the situation, I decided it would be wise to leave my car there, and take a taxi. Thank goodness I did, as on route home there was a police roadside team pulling over cars to check the drivers.
Being in a taxi, the police waved it through and I got home safe and sound.
I was very relieved I had made the right decision that night.
Mind you, I'd never driven a taxi before and I've still got the **** thing in my garage........Don't quite know what to do with it.
On the subject of drink driving, I'd like to share an experience that happened to me just before Christmas. Hopefully it will serve as a warning to everyone. I met some friends at a pub in the New Forest and enjoyed a great evening, though I have to confess I ended up having rather more to drink than I intended. Realising the situation, I decided it would be wise to leave my car there, and take a taxi. Thank goodness I did, as on route home there was a police roadside team pulling over cars to check the drivers. Being in a taxi, the police waved it through and I got home safe and sound. I was very relieved I had made the right decision that night. Mind you, I'd never driven a taxi before and I've still got the **** thing in my garage........Don't quite know what to do with it. eastsidemush

9:31pm Mon 30 Dec 13

10 Minute Man says...

Its good to see the police stopping and testing people.

But to understand if the problem is better or worse than last year, we would need to know if the patrols/checkpoints are the same as last year - i.e. location, time/date, frequency, number of officer.

At a minimum, the information required to get some insight is along the lines of "X" people stopped "Y" people were under the influence and "Z" people over the limit.
Its good to see the police stopping and testing people. But to understand if the problem is better or worse than last year, we would need to know if the patrols/checkpoints are the same as last year - i.e. location, time/date, frequency, number of officer. At a minimum, the information required to get some insight is along the lines of "X" people stopped "Y" people were under the influence and "Z" people over the limit. 10 Minute Man

10:47pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

CHIMPANZEE wrote:
As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.
You knob! It's ok to see and hear (on Sky sports) a black guy call another black guy a black but god forbid if a white person did it!
The biggest problem in that country is black (as well as Asian or Chinese) people playing the racist card... but us whites have to take being called whites. It's like hearing the Scottish give English grief over sport but say anything back to them and they get all pathetic and aggressive. The comment made by you falls in the pathetic group.
[quote][p][bold]CHIMPANZEE[/bold] wrote: As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.[/p][/quote]You knob! It's ok to see and hear (on Sky sports) a black guy call another black guy a black but god forbid if a white person did it! The biggest problem in that country is black (as well as Asian or Chinese) people playing the racist card... but us whites have to take being called whites. It's like hearing the Scottish give English grief over sport but say anything back to them and they get all pathetic and aggressive. The comment made by you falls in the pathetic group. Norwegian Saint

10:48pm Mon 30 Dec 13

Norwegian Saint says...

Back onto the subject, drink driving here is half the UK limit and is very rarely done as most cases incur jail time, a huge fine and a loss of license for 2 years. If you reoffend within 5 years you are banned for life! And, contrary to pints being over £10 each here, people still enjoy the booze.
Back onto the subject, drink driving here is half the UK limit and is very rarely done as most cases incur jail time, a huge fine and a loss of license for 2 years. If you reoffend within 5 years you are banned for life! And, contrary to pints being over £10 each here, people still enjoy the booze. Norwegian Saint

11:20pm Mon 30 Dec 13

10 Minute Man says...

CHIMPANZEE wrote:
As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.
Then just what were they thinking when they pulled me over ?

White, hetero male, comfortably well off, driving a modest but well maintained vehicle with the wife and kids in, and drinking socially and at weekend (but with the occasional big night out for special events though I feel it more now as I enter middle age).

Shocking, something ought to be done....
[quote][p][bold]CHIMPANZEE[/bold] wrote: As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.[/p][/quote]Then just what were they thinking when they pulled me over ? White, hetero male, comfortably well off, driving a modest but well maintained vehicle with the wife and kids in, and drinking socially and at weekend (but with the occasional big night out for special events though I feel it more now as I enter middle age). Shocking, something ought to be done.... 10 Minute Man

2:27am Tue 31 Dec 13

dolomiteman says...

CHIMPANZEE wrote:
As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.
.So you are a 'person of colour' and a teetotaller, just how do the police know that at night from a distance, maybe its because the coppers son or daughter attends the under achieving school that you are a governor at so they target you for that reason?



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[quote][p][bold]CHIMPANZEE[/bold] wrote: As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.[/p][/quote].So you are a 'person of colour' and a teetotaller, just how do the police know that at night from a distance, maybe its because the coppers son or daughter attends the under achieving school that you are a governor at so they target you for that reason? . dolomiteman

11:46am Tue 31 Dec 13

Inform Al says...

CHIMPANZEE wrote:
As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.
This is the stupid attitude that actually gets people taken to court who may otherwise be merely cautioned by police. Back in 1968 just after the breathalyser was introduced I stopped a black man driving a car as his rear offside brake light was not working, and this could have led to a breathalyser. I only stopped him to warn him but his 'you only stopped me cos I'm black' attitude led to his being done for defective brake light.
[quote][p][bold]CHIMPANZEE[/bold] wrote: As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.[/p][/quote]This is the stupid attitude that actually gets people taken to court who may otherwise be merely cautioned by police. Back in 1968 just after the breathalyser was introduced I stopped a black man driving a car as his rear offside brake light was not working, and this could have led to a breathalyser. I only stopped him to warn him but his 'you only stopped me cos I'm black' attitude led to his being done for defective brake light. Inform Al

12:15pm Tue 31 Dec 13

OSPREYSAINT says...

I can honestly say that I never have and never will be pulled over for drink driving, I have never done either, and I am not white, just a sort of normal human pinky colour.
I can honestly say that I never have and never will be pulled over for drink driving, I have never done either, and I am not white, just a sort of normal human pinky colour. OSPREYSAINT

2:07pm Tue 31 Dec 13

lowe esteem says...

eastsidemush wrote:
On the subject of drink driving, I'd like to share an experience that happened to me just before Christmas. Hopefully it will serve as a warning to everyone.
I met some friends at a pub in the New Forest and enjoyed a great evening, though I have to confess I ended up having rather more to drink than I intended.
Realising the situation, I decided it would be wise to leave my car there, and take a taxi. Thank goodness I did, as on route home there was a police roadside team pulling over cars to check the drivers.
Being in a taxi, the police waved it through and I got home safe and sound.
I was very relieved I had made the right decision that night.
Mind you, I'd never driven a taxi before and I've still got the **** thing in my garage........Don't quite know what to do with it.
Priceless. Thank you for bringing a touch of levity to this article. I'm worried I may have booked you for tonight, though. This probably also goes a long way to explaining alleged erratic driving behaviour from our 'knights' of the road- and the mad cyclists in the Forest?
Seriously, have a good one, and a good New Year walk tomorrow.
[quote][p][bold]eastsidemush[/bold] wrote: On the subject of drink driving, I'd like to share an experience that happened to me just before Christmas. Hopefully it will serve as a warning to everyone. I met some friends at a pub in the New Forest and enjoyed a great evening, though I have to confess I ended up having rather more to drink than I intended. Realising the situation, I decided it would be wise to leave my car there, and take a taxi. Thank goodness I did, as on route home there was a police roadside team pulling over cars to check the drivers. Being in a taxi, the police waved it through and I got home safe and sound. I was very relieved I had made the right decision that night. Mind you, I'd never driven a taxi before and I've still got the **** thing in my garage........Don't quite know what to do with it.[/p][/quote]Priceless. Thank you for bringing a touch of levity to this article. I'm worried I may have booked you for tonight, though. This probably also goes a long way to explaining alleged erratic driving behaviour from our 'knights' of the road- and the mad cyclists in the Forest? Seriously, have a good one, and a good New Year walk tomorrow. lowe esteem

3:18pm Tue 31 Dec 13

mickey01 says...

CHIMPANZEE wrote:
As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.
another one who needs to get that chip off their shoulder
[quote][p][bold]CHIMPANZEE[/bold] wrote: As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.[/p][/quote]another one who needs to get that chip off their shoulder mickey01

6:30pm Tue 31 Dec 13

nicko says...

CHIMPANZEE wrote:
As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.
don't like it **** off out of the country then.........
[quote][p][bold]CHIMPANZEE[/bold] wrote: As it is traditionally customary for Hampshire Police to target stop and search persons of colour in respect of any suspicion, despite no convictions, I wonderr if we can be given figures of how many of these coloured people were stopped or arrested during he recent Xmas/ New year drink -driving campaign. As a black teetotler I have been stopped twice.[/p][/quote]don't like it **** off out of the country then......... nicko

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