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Brighton Journal | June 24, 2019

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Sussex Police taking extra measures to prevent drink and drug drivers

Sussex Police taking extra measures to prevent drink and drug drivers
Hannah Midgley

The Sussex Police force have issued their Christmas crackdown for 2018, in the hopes that they can tackle the issue of drivers taking to the wheel when over the limit. The local campaign is being run in partnership with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.

 

The pressure is on during the busy festive season as taxi prices increase, social events become more frequent and a harmless christmas tipple becomes more common. Yet what is harmful, is that people may choose to drive after drinking or drug-use because they may believe they are in control.

To avoid this situation, Chief Inspector Gooch said: “If you’re going to consume drink or drugs, we’d encourage you to plan ahead – walk home, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with someone sober. Never get into a vehicle with someone you know is over the limit.

 

Sussex Police say that driving with drink or drugs in your system is “no laughing matter.”

A total of 56 people died in road traffic collisions in Sussex last year, 13 of which involved a drink-driver – representing 23 per cent of all fatal collisions in the county.

Sussex Police say the easiest way to prevent the painful news of an accident reaching your families, is to either drink OR drive. Never both.

Chief Insp Good claims: “drink and drug-driving destroys lives. It happens year on year and sadly, despite our repeated warnings, there will always be a minority of selfish and shameful individuals who still continue to put the lives of themselves and others at risk.”

If you’re prepared to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include the following:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance costs;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

 

Police made 195 arrests last December

In order to crack down on irresponsible drivers, Sussex Police will always respond to reports of drink/drug driving. Random breathalysing is also believed to be more common during this period.

 

To keep yourself and others safe, do not drink and drive. Also be aware of how long the substance takes to leave your body. Excessive drinking or drug use can take hours to fully exit, meaning you could still be over the limit the morning after.

 

#BeDrinkAware

featured image credit: Michael

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