June crackdown on drink drivers

MORE than 160 drivers were arrested in Sussex Police’s summer drink drive campaign and the force has warned offenders that they will be removed from the road.

During the national campaign, which took place throughout June, officers from across Sussex carried out both high visibility and plain vehicle operations to target drunk or drugged drivers.

Overall, 4,229 drivers were breath tested during the campaign and of these 161 were arrested. Three hundred and eight of these tests were following crashes, resulting in the arrest of 30 people (included in the 161 overall total).

Twelve arrests were made between 6am and 10am.

During the corresponding campaign last year, 3,298 people were tested and 152 arrested.

This year shows an increase in the activity by police against a lower test failure rate, which is good news and indicates more people are getting the messages and choosing not to drink or take drugs and drive.

Chief Inspector Di Roskilly, from Sussex Police’s Road Policing Unit, said, “We are pleased with the results of this campaign which suggest more people are choosing not to mix drinking or taking drugs with driving.

“However, in just one month, 161 have been arrested and that is too many people who clearly blatantly disregard the law and are prepared to gamble with their lives and the lives of others.

“We will continue to focus our efforts on removing them from the roads of Sussex before they cause harm.

“Aside from the social and financial aspects of a drink driving charge - loss of job, a substantial fine, the stigma of a criminal conviction, imprisonment - drunken drivers take lives and ruin others with devastating consequences for themselves, their families and the friends and families of their victims.

“Our message to them is very simple: if you drink and drive, we will catch up with you and you need to hope that’s before you kill or maim. Don’t do it. I would like to thank the public for their support throughout this campaign. Information that has been provided has been invaluable in removing the risks from our roads.”

If you suspect someone of drink-driving you can report them via the Operation Crackdown website - www.operationcrackdown.org - or by calling 0845 60 70 999.

Or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If the offence is taking place, dial 999 immediately.