More drivers were tested for drink driving in Sussex over the Christmas and new year period but the number of arrests was down on the previous year.
Sussex Police welcomed the figures but pointed out that a significant number of drivers were still choosing to drink and drive, endangering themselves and other road users.
A total of 6,501 tests were carried out in a seven-week period from mid-November with 176 drivers – or 2.7 per cent – arrested for being over the limit or refusing to provide a breath sample.
During the same period a year ago officers tested 5,966 drivers and arrested 225 of them.
Chief Inspector Di Roskilly, from the Road Policing Unit, said: “The results are encouraging, as is the fact that we are removing more drunk drivers from the roads before they have an opportunity to cause harm.
“Sixteen were arrested after a collision during this campaign against 21 the previous year.
“However, we must not lose sight of the fact that we do not catch up with every driver who drinks and drives, but every one that does is a potential killer at loose on our roads.
“Drink driving is no longer socially acceptable and it is essential that every opportunity is taken to drive home this message.
“If your partner, parent, child, friend or work colleague is tempted to take the risk, tell them.
“If they won’t listen, tell us.”
To report a drink driver or any other anti-social road user, in confidence, visit www.operationcrackdown.org, telephone 0845 6070999 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
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