Sussex Police prepares for festive drink drug crackdown

56 people died in road traffic collisions in Sussex last year, 13 of which involved a drink driver.

Sussex Police is preparing its annual festive drink and drug drive crackdown to reduce these shocking figures. During the same campaign last year, 195 arrests were made in Sussex, of which at least 130 have since been convicted.

The naming and shaming of those convicted will continue as their name, age, address and occupation will be published online. This is in line with previous campaigns, with the intention to deter people from getting behind the wheel while high on drink or drugs.

Chief Inspector Andy Gooch, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Arguably the hardest part of any police officer’s job is telling someone that one of their loved ones has died. When you consider it could so easily have been avoided, it becomes even harder.

“Drink and drug-driving destroys lives. It happens year on year and sadly, despite our repeated warnings, there will always be a minority of selfish and shameful individuals who still continue to put the lives of themselves and others at risk.”

If someone is convicted of driving under the influence of drink or drugs, they can expect a minimum 12 month ban, unlimited fine, a criminal record and even a prison sentence.

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

Surrey and Sussex Police will have a number of officers committed to the campaign, which runs from 1 December to 1 January inclusive.

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