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Drink-driving cases increase in the Thames Valley

A summer crackdown on drink and drug driving in the Thames Valley has seen an increase in the number of drivers flouting the law.

More than 2,300 drivers were breath-tested by police and 232 provided positive results.

The figure is 7% up on last year, when 190 out of 2,721 drivers breathalysed were caught over the limit.

Ch Insp Gill Wootton said she was "disappointed" to see an increase in results following the June campaign.

"The last few campaigns that we have been involved in have shown a steady downward trend in offending, which appears on the face of it to have been reversed this year," she added.

All drivers who provided positive breath tests, refused to provide or failed to provide, face losing their licence for at least 12 months.

They could go to prison for six months or pay a fine of up to £5,000.

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