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Community News & Views | Christmas crackdown on drink an drug-drivers

SELFISH drivers have been criticised at the start of the police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.


A total of 26 arrests were made in the first 48 hours of the campaign. Chief Inspector Andy Gooch, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, which runs the initiative, said: “To have made so many arrests in such a short space of time – just days after we publicised our messaging around the risks of drink and drug-driving – is quite unbelievable.


“Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is stupid, it’s selfish and it’s downright shameful, and anyone caught and convicted will be held accountable for their actions.


“Not only can you expect a lengthy ban, a hefty fine and possibly a prison sentence, you’ll also get a criminal record, which could affect your job, your future insurance costs and your travel prospects.


“Worse still, you could kill yourself or someone else – last year in Sussex 13 people died in collisions which involved a drink-driver. Is it really worth it? We can assure you it’s not.”


The 26 arrests were made in Sussex last weekend and further statistics will be published as the campaign continues until its conclusion on January 1.


In line with previous campaigns, police will also publish details of those convicted, including their name, age, address and occupation.


Chief Insp Gooch added: “While this is a dedicated campaign which occurs twice a year during peak periods – at Christmas and in the summer – we will still respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers as part of our routine policing 365 days a year.”


He urged drivers who were going to consume drink or drugs to plan ahead – walk home, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with someone sober.


No-one should get into a vehicle with a person they know is over the limit.


Anyone planning to drive after ‘just a couple’ was also more than likely to be over the legal limit. They should also be mindful of the amount of time it took for substances to leave their body.


Those who drive under the influence of drink or drugs potentially risk at least a 12 month ban, an unlimited fine, a possible prison sentence, and a criminal record.


People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving, or call 999 if they know someone is driving illegally.

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