Police to clamp down on festive drink drivers

MOTORISTS are being warned to lay off the Christmas spirits this year as Sussex Police launch their annual yuletide crackdown on drunk drivers.

From now until the beginning of January police across the county will be stepping up their usual activities to crack down on people who think that impaired driving is acceptable.

Chief Inspector Di Roskilly, of Sussex Police Road Policing Unit, said: “Drink or drug driving will not be tolerated in Sussex.

“Not only is it against the law but it is known to result in death or injury to either yourself or others.

“Our role is to keep people safe on our roads.

“If you are planning on having a drink or taking drugs this festive season we ask that you ensure you know how you are getting home and don’t get behind the wheel while impaired.

“Remember that you may still be over the limit the morning after.”

He added: “Also this year we will be making applications to the courts for vehicles of persistent drink or drug drivers to be forfeited, along with our usual covert and overt operations and educational events alongside partners.”

During the same campaign last year, 6,501 tests were carried out in a seven week period with 176 drivers arrested for being over the limit or refusing to provide a breath sample.

To make a report to Sussex Police, call 999 if the activity is currently taking place or 101 if it’s not an emergency.

People can also report suspected drink or drug driving on the Operation Crackdown website www.operationcrackdown.org or by texting 65999.