Motorists handed bans after police crackdown

Police investigation.
Police investigation.

TWO drivers from the Bognor Regis area have already been banned from the roads after they were arrested as part of a crackdown on drink-drivers.

The arrests followed officers testing more than 4,000 motorists in Sussex for drink or drugs.

A total of 120 people have been charged with drink or drug-related driving offences since December 1 when Sussex Police began its annual Christmas campaign to make the roads safer.

A further 52 people have been arrested during the month before being released on bail while officers carry out further inquiries.

Chief Inspector Natalie Moloney said: “I’m very disappointed that so many people ignored our messages and decided to risk their lives and the lives of other people by drink-driving or drug-driving.

“The fact that 21 people were arrested on suspicion of driving after taking drugs confirms my view that it is not just drink-driving that must be tackled in Sussex to make the roads safer for everyone.

“Magistrates have shown in the cases that have been dealt with so far that they will ban offenders from the roads and fine them as well.

“I expect to see plenty more motorists banned from driving by the courts because of their selfish behaviour during the campaign which will affect not just them but their families, friends and businesses.

“We will continue to look for drink and drug drivers every day and every night - it is not just a priority for us at Christmas.”

Eduards Plotnikovs, 44, was arrested at 3.15am on December 21 after a car crashed into a wall in Hawthorn Road.

Plotnikovs, of Hampshire Avenue, was charged with drink-driving. He appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty.

He was ordered to pay a £233 fine, a £23 victim surcharge and £85 costs and was disqualified from driving for 36 months.

Keelan Newell, 29, was arrested at 1.35am on December 22 after officers stopped his vehicle on the A259.

Newell, of Felpham Road, was charged with drink-driving and ordered to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court where he pleaded guilty.

He was ordered to pay a £70 victim surcharge, £85 costs and was disqualified from driving for 20 months.

Debra Parker, 47, was arrested at 10.40pm on December 8 after her car was stopped on the A29 Shripney Road.

Parker, of Brickfield Close was charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on January 28”.

A number of other drivers will appear at court later this year.