Around one in every 14 drivers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight failed a breath test last month.
Hampshire Constabulary is publishing the figures for June from the Summer Drink and Drug Drive Campaign. The proportion of those who failed a test rises to one in ten drivers in their 20s and 11 per cent for men in their 20s.
Superintendent Chris Brown said: “A pint of beer may set you back between £3 and £4 these days, but how does that compare to the cost of someone’s life?
“That’s exactly the risk you run if you get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol and I’m pleased to see the overwhelming majority of drivers in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight realise that.
“Our Roads Policing unit and area teams target motorists who ignore the warning 365 days of the year. If you chose to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol you’re more likely to crash and more likely to kill or seriously injure yourself, your friends and other people on the road.”
Police officers breath tested 2,165 drivers in June of whom 160 (7.4 per cent) failed. 813 drivers were tested following a collision of whom 47 failed. Officers also carried out 19 field impairment tests to check for the signs of drug use.
188 people were arrested, the majority (136) for driving above the alcohol limit. Eight people were arrested for drugs offences. Currently a total of 130 people have been charged.
Superintendent Brown added: “When you are caught drink driving you’ll be arrested and held in a cell, normally for several hours. When you get to court you could be fined, banned from driving or even sent to jail.
“If drink or drug-driving doesn’t kill you or someone else, it can still ruin lives. You can’t put a value on a life, so why take the risk?”
If you suspect someone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs and is an immediate danger to others or themselves, dial 999.
If it is not an emergency situation, you can call 101 or 0845 045 45 45 from outside Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.