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Sussex Police drink drive crackdown sees 100 convictions

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ANOTHER eight drivers have been banned from the roads after being caught as part of Sussex Police’s Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers.

The convictions bring the total number of people punished by the courts for drink or drug-driving offences committed during the campaign to 104.

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.

“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.”

Dale Bedwell, 25, was arrested after his car was seen being driven erratically on the A27 at Tangmere on December 6.

Bedwell, of Huntscroft Gardens, Cowfold, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was banned from driving for three years. He was also given a 12 week suspended prison sentence, made the subject of a curfew and ordered to pay 385 costs.

Arturs Mukans, 22, was arrested on 14 December after he was seen driving in a bus lane in High Street, Bognor Regis.

Mukans, of Norfolk Mews, Littlehampton, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was banned from driving for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a £260 fine, £85 costs and a £26 victim surcharge.

Chelsea Potter, 21, was arrested after her vehicle was pulled over in Little London, Chichester, on 15 December.

Potter, of East Row, Chichester, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was banned from driving for 18 months. She was also ordered to pay a £130 fine, £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

You can text officers on 65999 with the details of people you suspect of drink or drug driving, along with their car make and registration number.

If you know someone is driving after drinking or taking drugs call 999.

 

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