278 arrested for drink-driving last month

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A BANBURY man has been charged with recording the highest drink-drive reading during a festive clampdown by police.

Thames Valley Police arrested 278 drivers in December for drink-driving compared to 299 in the same month in 2011.

About six per cent of drivers tested were at least three times over the limit, a police spokesman said.

A total of 74 were arrested in Oxfordshire – 26 in Oxford, 19 in Cherwell, 20 in Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire, and nine in West Oxfordshire.

Marcin Leja, of Rye Close, Banbury will appear at Banbury Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday accused of having 168 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit of 35 micrograms.

The 33-year-old was arrested on December 12 at 11.30pm.

During the campaign 9.3 per cent were arrested in the morning compared with 8.4 per cent last year.

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11:44am Thu 10 Jan 13

MadMan-JaYmZ says...

Not much of a decrease though sadly, people will only learn when they hurt themselves and others or even worse.....death !
Not much of a decrease though sadly, people will only learn when they hurt themselves and others or even worse.....death ! MadMan-JaYmZ
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7:32pm Thu 10 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

Brilliant figures for Oxford, nearly only one every two days, looks like drivers have got the message, but I wonder what the figures would be if they included cyclists coming home from Xmas parties, many a time I nearly killed them as they fell off their bikes into my path, but I managed to brake or swerve and no collision occurred.
Brilliant figures for Oxford, nearly only one every two days, looks like drivers have got the message, but I wonder what the figures would be if they included cyclists coming home from Xmas parties, many a time I nearly killed them as they fell off their bikes into my path, but I managed to brake or swerve and no collision occurred. Grunden Skip
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12:13am Fri 11 Jan 13

MadMan-JaYmZ says...

Grunden Skip wrote:
Brilliant figures for Oxford, nearly only one every two days, looks like drivers have got the message, but I wonder what the figures would be if they included cyclists coming home from Xmas parties, many a time I nearly killed them as they fell off their bikes into my path, but I managed to brake or swerve and no collision occurred.
Thats a good point, however generally, cyclists don't go at speed and ain't really on something that could take somebodys life. Though i do think they should be tested in some way, since if one did fall off their bike into your path, not only would you probably get the blame, it'll lay on your head forever through no fault of your own !

And its unlikely the police will target cyclists !
[quote][p][bold]Grunden Skip[/bold] wrote: Brilliant figures for Oxford, nearly only one every two days, looks like drivers have got the message, but I wonder what the figures would be if they included cyclists coming home from Xmas parties, many a time I nearly killed them as they fell off their bikes into my path, but I managed to brake or swerve and no collision occurred.[/p][/quote]Thats a good point, however generally, cyclists don't go at speed and ain't really on something that could take somebodys life. Though i do think they should be tested in some way, since if one did fall off their bike into your path, not only would you probably get the blame, it'll lay on your head forever through no fault of your own ! And its unlikely the police will target cyclists ! MadMan-JaYmZ
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5:22am Fri 11 Jan 13

caversfield says...

I was almost knocked off my bike by the police who came in through a no entry sign. Pursuit ensued by three cars unbeknown to me till they mounted the kerb the other side of deans court almost knocking me off again.

I was at fault though for no lights, he smelt alcohol on me so I admitted to drinking three pints. I gave a reasonable reason for my lights, being I put them on when I got out of town as it was a 10 mile trip home and I didn't want them to die in the middle of nowhere. He checked my name and sent me on my way after saying "you having a giraffe" to cycling 10 miles home.

I believe it's fine to drink and ride but not to be in charge of a bike whilst drunk.
I was almost knocked off my bike by the police who came in through a no entry sign. Pursuit ensued by three cars unbeknown to me till they mounted the kerb the other side of deans court almost knocking me off again. I was at fault though for no lights, he smelt alcohol on me so I admitted to drinking three pints. I gave a reasonable reason for my lights, being I put them on when I got out of town as it was a 10 mile trip home and I didn't want them to die in the middle of nowhere. He checked my name and sent me on my way after saying "you having a giraffe" to cycling 10 miles home. I believe it's fine to drink and ride but not to be in charge of a bike whilst drunk. caversfield
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3:57am Sat 12 Jan 13

Grunden Skip says...

caversfield wrote:
I was almost knocked off my bike by the police who came in through a no entry sign. Pursuit ensued by three cars unbeknown to me till they mounted the kerb the other side of deans court almost knocking me off again.

I was at fault though for no lights, he smelt alcohol on me so I admitted to drinking three pints. I gave a reasonable reason for my lights, being I put them on when I got out of town as it was a 10 mile trip home and I didn't want them to die in the middle of nowhere. He checked my name and sent me on my way after saying "you having a giraffe" to cycling 10 miles home.

I believe it's fine to drink and ride but not to be in charge of a bike whilst drunk.
your'e 'avin a giraffe mate, I 'ope.
[quote][p][bold]caversfield[/bold] wrote: I was almost knocked off my bike by the police who came in through a no entry sign. Pursuit ensued by three cars unbeknown to me till they mounted the kerb the other side of deans court almost knocking me off again. I was at fault though for no lights, he smelt alcohol on me so I admitted to drinking three pints. I gave a reasonable reason for my lights, being I put them on when I got out of town as it was a 10 mile trip home and I didn't want them to die in the middle of nowhere. He checked my name and sent me on my way after saying "you having a giraffe" to cycling 10 miles home. I believe it's fine to drink and ride but not to be in charge of a bike whilst drunk.[/p][/quote]your'e 'avin a giraffe mate, I 'ope. Grunden Skip
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