DOZENS of people have now been arrested as part of Sussex Police’s drink and drug driving crackdown.
Since the campaign started on December 1, 48 people have been arrested and were ordered to appear in court.
Among these cases is Neville McNair, 47, who was arrested at 1.50pm on Thursday (December 12), after a crash on the A27 at the Tangmere roundabout.
McNair, of Brighton Road, Worthing, was charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis and released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on January 7.
Arturs Mukans, 22, was arrested at 12.15am on Sunday (December 15), after a car was seen driving in a bus lane in High Street, Bognor Regis.
Mukans, of Norfolk Mews, Littlehampton, was charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on February 4.
Chelsea Potter, 21, was arrested at 1am on Sunday (December 15), in Little London, Chichester, after officers pulled her vehicle over.
Potter, of East Row, Chichester, was charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on February 4.
Valerijs Korolovs, 34, was arrested in Orchard Parade, Selsey, at 11.15pm on December 8, after a car hit another vehicle in Manor Road, Selsey, but then drove off.
Korolovs, of Orchard Parade, was charged with drink-driving, driving without a licence and failing to stop after an accident. He was released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on January 28.
Dale Bedwell, 25, was arrested at 11.55pm on December 6, after police were called about a vehicle being driven erratically on the A27 at Tangmere.
Bedwell, of Huntscroft Gardens, Cowfold, was charged with drink-driving and released on bail to appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on January 28.
Chief inspector Natalie Moloney said: “We know that there are a group of drivers who do not believe the drink-drive limit is there for them but I still feel sad and frustrated when so many people are being charged with offences.
“Drink and drug driving makes the roads of Sussex more dangerous for everyone. Clearly some are not listening or are choosing to ignore our attempts to educate them through our warning campaign. They need to know that we will make every effort to find them and get them off the roads.”
Representatives of Sussex Police, South East Coast Ambulance Service and East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service will hold an online question and answer session about drink or drug driving and the what happens after an arrest.
Between 12.30pm and 2pm on Wednesday (December 18), chief inspector Natalie Moloney from Sussex Police, Tim Fellows from the ambulance service and Justin Goodchild from the fire service will take your questions through the Sussex Police website.
You can email questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit them on the day and watch them being answered live by visiting http://sussex.police.uk/whats-happening/drink-driving.
Tomorrow evening (December 17) road policing officers will be tweeting live from roadside checks about how the operation is going. From 9pm to midnight you can follow the updates and ask questions by following the hashtag #drinkordrive.
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.