Crackdown on drink-drivers for second year

Embargoed to 0001 Monday December 20'File photo dated 30/11/06 of a police officer holding a breath test kit. According to a survey by swiftcover.com, drunk car passengers can be as dangerous as drivers who drink. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 20, 2010. Inebriated passengers can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle, swerve or crash, while sometimes the drunks can grapple with the steering wheel or fiddle with the handbrake. See PA story TRANSPORT Drunk. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire ENGNNL00120120627182117
Embargoed to 0001 Monday December 20'File photo dated 30/11/06 of a police officer holding a breath test kit. According to a survey by swiftcover.com, drunk car passengers can be as dangerous as drivers who drink. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 20, 2010. Inebriated passengers can cause drivers to lose control of their vehicle, swerve or crash, while sometimes the drunks can grapple with the steering wheel or fiddle with the handbrake. See PA story TRANSPORT Drunk. Photo credit should read: John Giles/PA Wire ENGNNL00120120627182117

Motorists charged with drink or drug driving offences throughout December should expect to see their names published as part of a continued crackdown on offenders, Sussex Police has warned.

Following the force’s previous Christmas and summer campaigns, anyone ordered to appear in court on suspicion of having committed a drink or drug-driving offence will have their names and details published online and made available to the media.

Posters will also be put up across the county at sites where offenders were stopped during the Christmas 2013 campaign to highlight to drivers in those areas that they could be caught if they get behind the wheel while over the limit.

Superintendent Jane Derrick, the head of roads policing across Sussex and Surrey, said, “Officers are out every day across Sussex and Surrey targeting those who are driving after drinking or taking drugs but there will be an increased focus in December in the lead up to Christmas and the New Year celebrations. There is no excuse for driving while over the limit or after taking drugs but there remains a small minority who refuse to believe that the law applies to them.

“Some people who would never consider mixing drink or drugs with driving throughout the rest of the year may mentally switch off at their Christmas party and get behind the wheel afterwards. This year we want people to plan ahead so that before the last drink has been drunk they know how they are getting home and don’t even consider driving themselves.

“Also, don’t forget that after a late night heavy session you will undoubtedly still be over the limit if you decide to drive in the morning. Some sleep and strong coffee will not make a difference. All those who were charged with offences last Christmas had their details made public and the results of their cases are also being published. The impact of a drink or drug-driving conviction upon an individual’s life and that of their family should not be underestimated.

“More than 100 motorists who were caught in the campaign at Christmas last year are now banned from the roads. Don’t make the courts take your licence away next.”

Teams will respond to tip-offs from members of the public , and stop checks will also be set up at locations across Sussex and Surrey.