Dozens arrested in first week of drink and drug-driving crackdown

The police operation will continue until July 15
The police operation will continue until July 15

A total of 42 arrests have been made in the first week of a summer crackdown on drink and drug-drivers in Sussex.

The month-long operation was launched by Surrey and Sussex Police on Thursday, June 14, with the aim of catching criminals and keeping people safe on the roads.

Of those arrested, 25 have so far been charged to appear in court; the remainder have either been released under investigation or released without charge.

Officers will continue to proactively patrol and respond to reports of suspected drink and drug-drivers as the operation continues until Sunday, July 15.

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. This could include the following:

- A minimum 12 month ban;

- An unlimited fine;

- A possible prison sentence;

- A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;

- An increase in your car insurance;

- Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or visit the Operation Crackdown website.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.