50 arrests for drug and alcohol use in Sussex in a single week

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A crackdown on drug and drink driving has resulted in 50 arrests across the county in a single week.

A total of 28 people were arrested for drug-driving offenses, while another 22 were arrested after roadside stops for drunk driving.

The use of alcohol or drugs is one of the leading causes of accidents resulting in death or serious injury on Sussex roads, police said.

Police say the “fatal five” factors are drink and drug driving, speeding, not wearing a seat belt, cell phone use or distraction, and careless, reckless or dangerous driving.

Last year Sussex Police made 257 arrests as part of their winter raid. Of these, 137 were arrested for drug driving, 111 for drunk driving and nine for both drunk driving and drug driving.

From August 1 to September 1 this year, officers will conduct additional checks as part of the annual summer raid.

Chief Constable Jo Shiner said: “There is no excuse for being behind the wheel of a vehicle after using drugs or alcohol.

“It is the responsibility of every road user to ensure that they obey the law and do not endanger themselves or other road users.

“The fact that we made 257 arrests and stopped more than 6,000 motorists in our most recent campaign shows the determination of our officers to catch criminals and keep our streets safe.”

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police and Crime Inspector added: “I fully support Sussex Police in their ongoing campaign to combat collisions caused by the ‘Fatal 5’.

“By driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are committing an unforgivable act and putting your own life and the lives of other people at risk.

“It’s important that we all understand the risks, including that someone can still be over the limit the next morning and that medication can remain in a person’s system for a long time.

“It really isn’t worth the risk — your friends and family don’t deserve a knock on the door to tell them their loved one has been seriously injured or killed on the road.”

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder said: “It cannot be stressed enough how much drink and drug driving can ruin lives.

“Driving and driving is becoming increasingly socially unacceptable, but unfortunately we are seeing more and more drug-driving on our roads.

“As always, we will treat these offenders extremely robustly through a combination of measures, including education and enforcement, with a particular focus on reducing the casualty toll of vulnerable users such as motorcyclists and young riders.

“Technology now allows us to test drivers for drugs at the curb on the spot, which allows us to fight drug driving more effectively and means drivers who break the law are caught.

“Alcohol and drugs affect everyone differently, so do the right thing, don’t risk it, and arrange alternative routes home if you plan to go out.”

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