MOTORISTS are being tested by police officers for illegal drugs for the first time in Sussex this month in a crackdown on drink and drug-related driving.
Officers use drug testing equipment at stations to check if motorists they have arrested have taken illegal substances and then got behind the wheel.
So far 12 people have been arrested for drink-driving and drug-driving offences in Sussex since the annual Christmas campaign was launched
Inspector Carl Knapp said: “Drug-driving can be just as dangerous as drink-driving. People who take drugs and get behind the wheel put not only themselves but other road users at risk.
“If you know someone is driving after taking drugs text us on 65999 or call 999 with the driver and the vehicle’s details so we can stop them before they hurt someone.
“By working together we can help make Sussex’s roads safer for everyone this Christmas.”
Marcel Fink, 25, was arrested at 12.45am on Saturday (December 7) after police pulled over a car that had gone through a red light in Bexhill Road, St Leonards.
Fink, of The Links, St Leonards, was charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 8 next year.
Sussex Police has also produced a video to try to convince motorists not to mix drugs and driving.
To watch it visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PotdnsS6mlY&feature=youtu.be.
To watch a video of a grieving widow talking about the impact of drink-driving visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE0q0UB1rvg&feature=youtu.be.
To report anyone driving antisocially visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.
If anyone knows someone who is driving after drinking or taking drugs they should call 999.