Drink drive tests tweeted

POLICE used social media for the first time to publicise its annual anti-drink drive campaign in the run up to the festive period.

Officers updated Twitter and Facebook live from the roadside during a check stop in Heathfield on December 14.

During the evening, more than 150 vehicles were stopped, of which one driver was arrested having failed the roadside breath test.

That person provided a sample of 54 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath at the police station. The legal limit is 35 micrograms.

The results of the testing were updated straight onto the social media sites. Police say motorists gave positive feedback at the roadside and through social media sites.

A total of 7,253 were breathalysed during the campaign which ran from November 14 until the new year. Police made 192 arrests .

Sergeant Stacey Ellott, who was involved on the night, said: “These results once again show that, while the vast majority of road users are law-abiding, there remains a minority who will disregard the law and risk the safety of other road users.

“Checks like this demonstrate the commitment from Sussex Police and our partner agencies to removing these people from the roads and improving the safety of our communities.

“This was the first time we have used social media (Facebook and Twitter) to publicise our results in real time and the feedback we received both at the roadside and via social media was overwhelmingly supportive of our activity.”

Individuals can report anyone they think is planning to drive after drinking in the following ways:

by texting 65999 with the three Ws: What car, Where it is and When it will be driven by telephoning 101 (the national non-emergency number), or anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

If anyone sees a driver on the roads and suspects that they are drink driving call 999.