Drink drivers: It’s not worth the risk - police

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DRIVERS who get behind the wheel while over the limit are being warned it’s not worth the risk.

Sussex Police launched its Christmas anti-drink/drug driving campaign, in conjunction with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, on Monday. From now to the start of January police across the county will step up their usual activities to crackdown on those who think impaired driving is acceptable.

Chief Inspector Di Roskilly, of Sussex Police Road Policing Unit, said, “We are concerned about the number who still choose to mix drinking or drug consumption with driving.

“It is the responsibility of the driver to ensure they are not impaired when they get behind the wheel, but this year we also encourage others to help us keep people safe and report those who still insist on driving.

“Mobile phone users can report people they believe are drink or drug driving or those who are about to drink or drug drive by texting 65999. Some may find this easier, especially as it can be done discreetly.

“Also we’ll make applications to the courts for vehicles of persistent drink or drug drivers to be forfeited, along with our usual covert and overt operations and educational events alongside partners.”

Last year 6501 tests were carried out in a seven-week period with 176 drivers arrested for being over the limit or refusing to provide a breath sample.

CI Roskilly added, “Drink and/or drug driving will not be tolerated, not only is it against the law but it is known to result in death or injury to either yourself or others. Our role is to keep people safe.

“If you plan having a drink or taking drugs we ask you ensure you know how you are getting home and don’t get behind the wheel while impaired. Remember you may still be over the limit the morning after.”

Phil Henty, operations manager for the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, said, “Anti-drink and drug driving messages will be promoted throughout communities across Sussex once again this Christmas. However, we also remind motorists to stop and think before they get into their vehicles the night after a party.

“Alcohol can take time to get out of a motorist’s system, so if the celebrations lasted into the early hours, drivers should be aware they can still be over the limit even after a few hours’ sleep.”

If you would like to make a report to Sussex Police ring 999 if the activity is currently taking place or 101 if it’s not an emergency. You can also make reports through www.operationcrackdown.org or text 65999.

Mobile phone users who text 65999 to make a report are asked to include as much information as possible. Details about where the driver is leaving from, where they are going, make of vehicle and a registration number will assist police.