DRINK DRIVE CAMPAIGN HITTING HARD
December 20 2011.
More than 5,500 breath tests have taken place since Sussex Police launched its annual Christmas anti-drink drive campaign. Since Monday 14 November 142 drink or drug driving related arrests have also taken place.
Chief Inspector Di Roskilly of Sussex Police's Road Policing Unit said: "Officers across Sussex Police have been carrying out breath tests in days of targeted action and following collisions. So far around two-and-a-half per cent of those breathalysed have failed the test and been arrested.
"It is disappointing that people are still choosing to drive after having a drink. Drink or drug driving ruins lives and I would encourage the public to report anyone they believe may be drink-driving."
This year, for the first time, people can report a drink-driver by sending a text message to Sussex Police.
To report a drink-driver text 65999 with as much information as possible. If you can include details about who the driver is, where they are driving from and to, details about the car and registration.
As soon as the text is received by the Sussex Police contact centre it is treated in the same way as any other call.
So far 5,863 tests have been carried out. For a similar period last year 5,464 tests were carried out and 125 arrests made.
Anyone who would like to report drink or drug driving to police can contact 999 if the person is driving, or about to drive, or 101 if it is not imminent - for example a habitual drink-driver. People can also text 65999 or make a report through www.operationcrackdown.org