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Drink driver jailed for killing cyclist

Drink driver jailed Credit: Sussex Police

A drink-driver who knocked down and killed a cyclist has been jailed for six years. Samuel Kirk, 26, crossed double white lines to overtake a car on the A29 at Codmore Hill near Pulborough and hit Jennifer Hossack who was on the other side of the road.

Miss Hossack, 27, from Kingsfold, died of her injuries. Kirk, of no fixed address, was already disqualified from driving and had been drinking when he got behind the wheel and struck Miss Hossack.

He appeared at Lewes Crown Court where he was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for six years.

Figures show increase in drink drivers being caught

There is an increase in the number of drink drivers being caught in Hampshire.

Latest figures show an increase of 21% in the numbers of people being arrested for drink or drug driving.

75 people have been charged so far which is an increase of 39% at the same time last year.

It is disappointing that people still are not getting the message about drink driving. It is astounding that people are still taking the risk. We are putting more resources than ever before into this campaign-if you choose to drink or drug drive, we will catch you, you will go to court and you will lose your licence.

– Inspector Andy Storey, Hampshire Police

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Drink driver sends thank you note to police

Police got a surprise in the mail - a thank you note from a motorist they had arrested and charged with drink-driving.

The woman motorist took the unusual step of thanking Surrey Police's traffic officers who pulled her over after a drinking session.

The motorist, aged in her late 20s, was caught behind the wheel whilst over the drink-drive limit in Tadworth.

She was arrested on December 1 and taken to a police station where she was later charged.

Today the woman penned her thanks to the officers for their caring manner after arresting her.

She said: "I was scared but they looked after me and were really caring."

Inspector Richard Mallett, from the force's Road Policing Unit, said: "It's not every day Surrey Police gets a thank you message from someone arrested for drink-driving."

Police catch more morning drink drivers

More drivers are being caught over the limit the morning after. A new survey has found that out of the police forces which responded, Thames Valley Police caught the most drink drivers in 2011 to 2012.

The force also recorded the highest number of drink drivers for this year up to November with 2095.

Nationally the number of people arrested for drink-driving between 6am and 8am rose nearly4% between 2011 and 2012

4 months in prison for drink driving

Robert Massie Credit: Sussex Police

52 year-old Robert Massie from Pulborough has been jailed after he was caught drink driving. Sussex Police officers stopped the car on the A29 London Road on Tuesday. The breathalyser test showed he was four times over the legal limit.

Robert Massie has been sentenced to 17 weeks in prison and banned from driving for five years.

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Campaign to stop drink driving

A road safety charity is urging the public to stop drink driving this summer after figures have risen across our region in the heatwave.

5,170 of the 100,892 drivers breathalysed in the month-long crackdown failed the test.

The UK drink drive limit is 80mg alcohol per 100ml blood which is the highest in Europe.

Road safety charity Brake is urging people to be vigilant about all forms of drink driving as drink drive casualties normally peak over the summer.

The charity is asking people to never drive after drinking any amount of alcohol and to speak out about drink driving.

Everyone wants to get out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts but that shouldn't mean putting your life and lives of others at risk. Research is clear that even small amounts of alcohol significantly increase your risk of crashing, so it just isn't worth risking any alcohol, to prevent horrific crashes and devastating casualties."

– Julie Townsend, deputy chief executive at Brake

Police worried after rise in drink driving arrests

Police say people 'are still making the wrong choices' Credit: PA

Thames Valley Police say they have already arrested 156 people on suspicion of drink driving since the launch of their summer anti-drink drive campaign two weeks ago.

The Force says that is 11 per cent more than during the same period last year. Meanwhile Sussex Police say 82 people have already failed a breath test this month. Officers say it is worrying that people are still making the wrong choices.

First driver stopped 'is over the limit'

Police in Sussex who set up a roadside check on the first day of the summer drink drive campaign arrested the first motorist they stopped.

The 35-year-old man from Lewes was arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol when he was stopped in Brighton, at 8.15am on Saturday, 1st June 2013.

It's not unusual for motorists to be driving on the morning after drinking and not realise they are still over the limit. However, a positive breath test on the very first motorist did come as a bit of surprise to the arresting officer.

Drink drive checks are daily business for us, but during June we will be holding more visible checks. During the summer months people often enjoy an alcoholic drink outside, in a pub garden, at a barbecue or on the beach, without thinking of the consequences if they then decide to drive. But, as this case shows, it's not just an evening or late night problem."

– Inspector Car Knapp, Sussex Road Policing Unit

Sussex Police is appealing to the public to report suspected drunk drivers by calling 101 or texting 65999 with as many details as you can. If the offence is taking place there and then, people are encouraged to dial 999 immediately.

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