Two more Brighton and Hove drivers banned in drink drive crackdown

Posted On 28 Mar 2014 at 2:22 pm

Two more drivers have been banned from the road as a result of the annual Christmas crackdown on drink driving by Sussex Police.

Chipo Maposa, 47, of Elm Drive, Hangleton, was arrested after her silver Vauxhall Astra was seen swerving in Church Road, Hove. It then hit a lamppost in nearby First Avenue, Hove, at about 12.25am on Sunday 1 December.

Maposa pleaded guilty to failing to provide a specimen for analysis when she appeared at Brighton Magistrates’ Court.

She was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £520 and ordered to pay £150 costs and a £52 victim surcharge.

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Antony Machacek, 55, was arrested at 5.30pm on Sunday 15 December after officers stopped his car on the A27 at Lewes.

Machacek, of Norfolk Road, Brighton, admitted drink driving. He was banned from driving for 18 months, fined £535 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £53 victim surcharge.

Superintendent Jane Derrick said: “It brings me absolutely no joy that the number of drivers we have successfully prosecuted as part of the Christmas campaign has passed the 100 mark.

“Every person drinking or driving and getting behind the wheel is an accident waiting to happen, putting not only themselves and anyone else in their vehicles in danger but every other person they come across on the roads as well.

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“We will continue to seek out and prosecute anyone who is selfish enough to get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs and if that means the number of people we prosecute continues to rise then so be it.

“Every drink or drug driver we get off the roads makes the roads a little bit safer for everyone.”

Maposa and Machacek were among eight drivers to have been banned in the most recent hearings at Brighton Magistrates’ Court.

The total number of people punished by the courts for drink or drug driving offences over Christmas and the new year has now reached 104.

  1. Mr Smith Reply

    why cant this posting be commented on ?

  2. ian killmister Reply

    Maybe , Mr Smith , peoples are lacking in comments due to the TWO names mentioned in the article being , presumably , of non-english decent . In this crazy PC state (I refer , not to my computer , but the political correctedness ( surely , it is social correctedness and NOT political )) , one may feel put off , or maybe ” lacking of the correct terminology ” for fear of upsetting someone . Freedom of speech ! hang ’em ALL , I say . By the way , It is GOOD to get drunk drivers off the road and punished . well done Mr & Mrs Police . Hope this may clarify …………

  3. Mr Smith Reply

    WHEN THE ARTICLE WAS FIRST “PUBLISHED” ON THIS SITE I TRIED TO MAKE A COMMENT BUT IT NEVER SHOW . I AM NOW SEEING MY TEST COMMENT ” why can’t this comment be commented on ..? ” i was going to post a comment that police have a crack down reporting website..
    lets hope its having a beneficial effect and that more and more road users put down there mobile phone’s whiles driving and also dont drive with the risk of being drunk .. ” i was going to put dont drink and drive but like Ian above clearly made it clear PC folks might mean any drink …. by all means drink and be merry just dont hit the road or a car OR a person while driving.. 🙂

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