Annual summer crackdown on drink and drug drivers under way

Posted On 07 Jun 2016 at 6:39 pm

The annual summer crackdown on drink and drug drivers by Sussex Police is under way.

The force said: “Operation Dragonfly is a year-round strategy, run in conjunction with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, which targets offenders in a bid to prevent collisions and save lives on the roads.

“As part of the summer campaign, which runs from Monday 6 June to Sunday 10 July, officers will be carrying out dedicated patrols to identify motorists who break the law and risk the lives of themselves and others.”

Police made 170 arrests in Sussex as part of the operation in June last year – 148 on suspicion of drink driving and 22 on suspicion of drug driving. The 170 arrests compared with 143 the previous summer.

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Sergeant Phil Badman, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “As part of this operation, we will be increasing patrols and carrying out routine checks on motorists in a bid to detect and deter drink and drug drivers.

“However, it’s important to note that while we will have officers dedicated to targeting offenders throughout the summer, it is a year-round operation and if you are caught, you will face the consequences.

“A lot of people like to have a drink when the sun is out, whether they are on holiday, having a barbecue or relaxing with friends.

“And while we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves and have fun in the sun, we also want them to act responsibly.

“If you’re driving to an event or a venue, think about your journey home and plan ahead. Book a cab, take public transport or get a lift with someone who hasn’t been drinking or taking drugs.

“And don’t be tempted to get behind the wheel and drive yourself, even if you think you’re fine.

“There is a thin line between being under and over the limit and that’s why we encourage people to drink or drive – not both. It’s not worth the risk.”

Sussex Police said that the force would continue to identify anyone charged with drink or drug driving.

And in addition to patrols and routine checks, officers would also act on intelligence to bring offenders to justice.

Sgt Badman said: “Members of the public also play a key role in making our roads in Surrey and Sussex safer. They can report anyone they believe to be drink or drug driving anonymously and it’s quick and easy.

“Whether you suspect another road user is under the influence, you witness someone getting behind the wheel after drinking or you are in a vehicle with someone who should not be driving, please report it. This can be done discreetly and could help to save lives.”

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk or call 999.

It is also possible to contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

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