A MONTH-LONG campaign is being launched by Sussex Police to target people who put their own and other people’s lives at risk by driving while impaired.
During the month of June police officers across the county will be carrying out action to catch people who think drink or drug driving is acceptable.
The fire service and local councils will be working alongside the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, which Sussex Police is part of, to carry out targeted days of action across Sussex, as well as high visibility mobile checks, and covert checks at all times of the day.
The campaign aims to reduce the number of collisions in which people are seriously injured or killed as a result of people driving while impaired through alcohol or drug consumption.
Chief Inspector Di Roskilly, of Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, said, “Drink driving can ruin lives and this June we are aiming to crack down on those who think it is acceptable to get behind the wheel of their car while impaired through drink or drugs.
“We will also be looking to raise awareness of the amount of time alcohol remains in your body.
“If you have been drinking the night before please think before you get into the car the following morning - you may still be over the drink-drive limit.
“The minimum sentence for anyone caught drink driving, no matter how little over the legal limit you are, is a 12-month disqualification from driving and a fine.
“The maximum penalty is six months’ imprisonment, even if you haven’t been involved in a collision.
As well as carrying out stop checks on the roads, teams will be visiting licensed premises to educate drinkers about the consequences of driving while impaired and encouraging people to plan how they are going to get home from a night.
If you know someone who is regularly drink driving, call 0845 60 70 999 or log on to the website www.operationcrackdown.org