240 arrested in Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers

A total of 240 people were arrested during a Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers in Sussex.

The arrests were made as part of a Surrey and Sussex Police campaign, which aims to target offenders at peak times of the year and to keep all road users safe.

The operation ran from 1 December 2018 to 1 January 2019, and the figure is an increase on the previous two Christmas campaigns (195 arrests in December 2017 and 187 arrests in December 2016).

Chief Inspector Andy Gooch, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It is bitterly disappointing to see so many people arrested on suspicion of drink or drug-driving in such a short period of time. Of course we want people to have fun and enjoy the festivities, but don’t let that be at the expense of risking your life – and others’ – on our roads”

Details of people convicted as part of the campaign will be published on the Sussex Police website.

Sussex Police said if you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These 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.