Hundreds dead in drunk driver incidents across Sussex

HUNDREDS of people have been killed drink-driving, with rural areas being the most dangerous in the county.

Around 562 people were killed or injured in Sussex between 2018 and 2020 when drivers failed or refused to take a breathalyser test.

More than half of the fatal incidents occurred in West Sussex, with 306 cases reported, while East Sussex recorded 198 cases.

Brighton only counted 58.

John Scruby, trustee of the campaign against drinking and driving and a former police officer, said the drop in victims was “welcome news” but more needed to be done.

“We need to educate people about the dangers of drinking and driving,” he said.

“Awareness is the key factor in preventing drunk and drug driving.”

He also said there is a need for more enforcement by street cops, but this type of policing has become more difficult due to the decline in officer numbers over the past decade.

In all three areas of Sussex, the number of fatalities or injuries from drunk driving has decreased from the previous three-year period.

The national number remains at 14,018.

A Home Office spokesman said: “More than 13,500 additional officers have already been recruited across England and Wales.

“We are on track to fulfill our commitment to hire 20,000. Hundreds dead in drunk driver incidents across Sussex

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