Increase in drunk women arrested behind the wheel

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POLICE say it is ‘disappointing’ that the number of women caught drink driving in the Thames Valley increased by 55 per cent over the festive period.

A total of 48 women were arrested on suspicion of drink-driving, up from 31 this time last year.

The number of men arrested rose five per cent from 199 in 2010 to 210 in 2011.

Across Buckinghamshire 88 drivers were arrested between December 1 and 27.

The average age of those caught was 36.

Insp Colin Clark said: “It is very disappointing that drivers are still failing to heed the message that drinking and driving can cause death and serious injury.

“If you test positive, you face losing your licence for at least 12 months, a fine of up to £5,000 and even a prison sentence. If you’ve been drinking, don’t drive.”

It’s not worth the risk.”

Across the Thames Valley 258 drivers were arrested this year, 12 per cent more than last year.