Crackdown on drink and drug-drivers in Sussex


Sussex Police have made a further 24 arrests over the weekend, bringing the total since the start of their Christmas crackdown on 1st December to 84.

The force have said things may be a little different in 2020, but officers will still strive to protect the public and deal robustly with offenders.

Drink and drug-driving destroys lives. It is one of the most common causes of collisions which result in death or serious injury.

Don't Drink and Drive

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said:

The consequences of drink and drug-driving are far reaching. Even a small amount of alcohol or substances can massively impair your ability to drive safely, and you increase the risk of seriously injuring or even killing yourself or someone else.

Imagine being responsible for something like that. Not only have you destroyed the life of that person and their loved ones, you’ve also destroyed your own life.

This is not just a warning; this is the reality.

In keeping with previous campaigns, anyone convicted will be identified in the media, in addition to numerous other consequences.

Chief Insp Hodder added:

By raising awareness of this very serious issue, we hope to discourage people from getting behind the wheel having consumed drink or drugs. Those who do break the law will be dealt with robustly.

It’s also important to add that drink and drug intake affects different people in different ways. This can depend on your gender, height, weight, and even stress levels, for example.

You could also be over the limit several hours after you’ve stopped drinking, so make sure you give it enough time before you drive. Drugs stay in your system far longer.

You can click to use their ‘under the influence calculator’.

Sussex Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne said:

I am still dismayed by the number of people who continue to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

I’m pleased to see Sussex Police cracking down once again on this selfish and reckless behaviour.

This Christmas please remember the serious and life-threatening consequences of driving whilst under the influence.

You will be caught; you will face the consequences. Ask yourself, is it worth it?

The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:

  • Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
  • 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 costs;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

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

Alternatively, people in Sussex can text police 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. 



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