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Sussex Police drink drive campaign

Sussex Police have arrested over 140 people in suspicion of drink and drug driving, which has gone up from last year.

The annual summer drink drive campaign which took place in June saw the police carry out 3748 breath tests as opposed to last year where 2177 people were stopped.

I am pleased to see we've stopped more people during the month but its always sad to see some people still breaking the law. Everyone knows that drink driving is against the law but some people still think it doesn't apply to them and continue to flout it. Alcohol contributed to 231 collisions last year but sadly some drivers still appear to ignore the facts."

– Phil Nicholas, Chief Inspector from the Road Policing Unit

In 2012, Sussex Police launched a text number (65999) which allows people to report anyone who they think might be drink or drug driving in Sussex.

Reports can be sent through with the vehicle's make, model, colour and number plate as well as the time and date they were on the road.

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Is the drink drive message getting through?

Could people be listening to the anti-drink drive message? Credit: Press Association

Police in Hampshire have arrested three hundred and seventy one people within the first two months of the force’s summer drink-drive campaign.

It's a twenty per cent reduction on last year.

Two hundred and seventy one people were charged with driving under the influence, forty eight have been bailed pending further enquiries and fifty two have been released with no further action.

Three hundred and thirteen of those arrested were men, fifty eight were women.

The youngest person arrested was sixteen years old and the oldest was seventy six.

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