Drink drive clampdown

Drink Drive: Northampton: Northamptonshire Police breathalysing drivers leaving pubs at lunchtime. 'L-r Officers from the Road Policing Unit l-r PC Matt Godfrey with  PC Jason Somerville 'Thursday 20th  December 2012
Drink Drive: Northampton: Northamptonshire Police breathalysing drivers leaving pubs at lunchtime. 'L-r Officers from the Road Policing Unit l-r PC Matt Godfrey with PC Jason Somerville 'Thursday 20th December 2012

The crackdown on people who drink and drive is continuing with ongoing police checks in Eastbourne and across the county.

From now until the end of the month, police across East Sussex will be stepping up their usual activities to crack down on people who think driving while under the influence is acceptable and take those over the limit off the roads.

This week police revealed 82 drivers have failed breath tests so far during June.

One driver, a 40-year-old pilot, has been banned and fined several hundred pounds after being caught. He blew 85mcg in a roadside test – the legal limit is 35mcg.

Since the beginning of June, Sussex Police have been conducting roadside breath tests, cracking down on those individuals who have taken to the roads while over the legal alcohol limit.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas said, ”These drink drive checks are part of routine business for us but during this month we will be holding more visible checks and working with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership to educate motorists.

“During the summer months people often get caught up in the excitement of the sunshine and enjoy an alcoholic drink outside, in a pub garden or on the beach, without thinking about the consequences if they then decide to drive.

“Drink driving will not be tolerated in Sussex, 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 always to keep people safe on our roads.”

During the same anti drink drive campaign last year 2,177 tests were carried out in June with 117 drivers arrested for being over the limit or refusing to provide a breath sample.

Police have also pointed our drink drivers face tough penalties if they are caught.

Chief Inspector Nicholas said, “If you are caught drink driving, you will be disqualified from driving and be given a significant fine.

“This could have a huge effect on your life, putting pressure on your job and your home life. A moment of not stopping to think could have a lifetime effect on you.”

Anyone with thinks a motorist is about to get behind the wheel and may be over the drink drive limit can make a report by text on 65999.

Police say reports should contain as much information as possible - ideally the vehicle’s make/model/colour and number plate, geographical location, and date/time driver is expected to be on the road.

Reports can also be made via 999 if the activity is currently taking place or 101 if it is not an emergency.

Sussex Police will be releasing further figures as the campaign continues.