More drivers banned following Christmas drink drive campaign

Drink Drive

A total of 240 arrests were made in Sussex during the Christmas Drink and Drive campaign.

Of these, 82 have since been convicted. The remaining have either been charged, released under investigation or released without charge.

Among others named and shamed by Sussex Police was:

• Xun Lin, 46, a restaurateur, of Regency Close, Uckfield, was arrested on the A22 at Uckfield on 25 December and charged with driving with 56mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system.

At Hastings Magistrates’ Court on 23 January, he was disqualified from driving for 36 months. He was also ordered to pay a £280 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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

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.