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Summer drink-driving crackdown begins in Surrey & Sussex

Police start their summer drink-driving campaign

A summer crackdown on drink driving is starting across Sussex and Surrey.

The county's police forces say they will be focusing on people who may be drink too much alcohol while watching Euro 2016 or attending events such as parties and barbecues.

"A lot of people like to have a drink when the sun is out, whether they are on holiday, having a barbecue, enjoying the UEFA European championship or just relaxing with friends. And whilst we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves and have fun in the sun, we also want them to act responsibly.

"If you're driving to an event or a venue, think about your journey home and plan ahead. Book a licensed cab, take public transport or get a lift with someone who hasn't been drinking or taking drugs. Please don't be tempted to get behind the wheel and drive yourself, even if you think you're fine.

"There is a thin line between being under and over the limit, and that's why we encourage people to drink or drive - not both, it's not worth the risk."

– Inspector Alan Nicholls, Surrey & Sussex Roads Policing Unit

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Increase in Wiltshire drink driving figures

Police are disappointed with the figures Credit: ITV

Wiltshire Police made 68 arrests for suspected drink/drug driving offences between 1 December 2015 and 3 January 2016. This compares with 54 over the same period in 2014.

Sergeant Gavin Brewster, of the Wiltshire Road Safety Unit, said: “The number of positive results is significantly higher than last year, which saw a total of 54 positives or failing to provide a sample.”

Officers say they are disappointed that so many drivers have ignored their warnings.

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Video: drink driver crashes car and leaves scene, narrowly missing pedestrians

An Aldershot woman who crashed her car into a pedestrian island in Guildford while twice the drink drive limit has been disqualified.

Holly Brown, 21, of Aspen Grove, appeared at Guildford Magistrates Court yesterday (December 22) and pleaded guilty to the charge of drink driving. She was proactively named as part of Op Dragonfly – Surrey Police’s crackdown on drink and drug driving offences in December.

CCTV footage shows that on 6 December at 2.22am she crashed into a traffic island in North Street at the junction with Chertsey Street.

The video shows how members of the public came to her aid while passengers get out of the car and leave the scene.

After getting out herself she gets back in and reverses away from the damaged railings and traffic light. She then drives into Chertsey Street, narrowly avoiding pedestrians in the road.

Officers then found the vehicle in a car park near to Woodbridge Road with Brown still in the driver’s seat with the keys in her hand.

She was arrested and later provided a positive breath reading of 72 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit being 35mg.

Brown was disqualified from driving for 20 months and fined £200. She was also ordered to pay a criminal courts charge of £150, victim surcharge of £20, and court costs of £87.

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