Among the drivers stopped for drunk driving this month were a building surveyor, a landlord, a social worker and a construction worker, among others.
Earlier this month Sussex Police launched their annual crackdown on those who get behind the wheel while drunk.
More than 140 drivers have been arrested since the beginning of December. Meanwhile, officers have conducted nearly 1,700 vehicle checks and performed 676 breath tests and 118 DrugWipe tests at stops across the county.
Roads Policing Unit Superintendent Rachel Glenton said: “Our officers are committed to catching offenders on our roads before they cause serious harm to themselves or other road users.
“We have already charged more than 50 drivers who got behind the wheel while drunk.
“We patrol the county’s roads 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and these results show that while we can’t be everywhere, we could be anywhere.”
Among those first arrested on December 1 was Gerard Campbell, 58, a landlord from Cade Street, Heathfield.
Officers were called to the scene of a minor collision involving Campbell’s Seat in North Road, Hellingly and could smell alcohol on his breath.
He gave a positive breath test for 63 micrograms (mcg) of alcohol per 100 milliliters (mL) of breath. The legal limit is 35 µg of alcohol per 100 ml of breathing air.
On December 20, Campbell admitted to driving in Hastings Magistrates’ Court while exceeding the alcohol limit. He was disqualified from driving for a year and had to pay a fine of £200, costs of £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £80.
In Crawley, officers spotted a Ford Ranger being driven slowly by David Gullon on a road with the national speed limit of 60 miles per hour, and then saw Gullon run a red light at 1:15 a.m. on December 3.
The vehicle was stopped and held for officers at a nearby parking lot, where the driver performed a breath test that showed he was over the limit.
Upon arrest, Gullon said: “I didn’t realize this was a criminal offence.”
He tested positive for 61 µg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath.
Gullon, 61, a building surveyor in Ocklynge Road, Eastbourne, appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court on December 19 where he admitted he had been driving in excess of the law.
He was disqualified for 17 months and fined £600, costs £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £240.
Barbra Wright caught the attention of officers when she was driving a Nissan Juke and was stopped in Storrington at 9:30 p.m. on December 4 as part of a stop stop.
She struggled to stop and climb the curb before telling officers she had two glasses of wine earlier in the evening.
The officers asked her for a breath test.
At first she couldn’t complete the test properly, but eventually she did and was over the limit.
She later tested positive for 41 µg of alcohol per 100 ml of breath.
Wright, 48, a social worker from Cedar Close, Storrington, appeared in Worthing Magistrates’ Court on December 20 where she admitted that she had been driving in excess of the prescribed alcohol limit.
She was disqualified for a year and had to pay a fine of £266, costs of £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £106.
Officers saw Liam Scott driving a Mercedes through Worthing at an unreasonable speed and stopped his vehicle on Edmonton Road around 11pm on December 4.
He told an official he drank three pints of beer in the pub during the soccer World Cup match between England and Senegal and only stopped drinking an hour and a half before getting behind the wheel.
The breath test showed that it was positive for 67 micrograms of alcohol per 100 ml of breath.
Scott, 35, a construction agent from Edmonton Road, Durrington, appeared in Worthing Magistrates’ Court on December 20 where he admitted he had been driving in excess of the legal alcohol limit.
He was disqualified for 18 months and fined £500, costs £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £200.
Being intoxicated with alcohol or drugs is one of the “fatal five” factors as to why people are killed or seriously injured on the roads.
The other factors are speeding, not wearing a seat belt, distraction e.g. B. by using a mobile phone, as well as careless or reckless driving.
Consequences of drunk or drug driving can include:
- At least 12 months suspension
- An unlimited fine
- A possible prison sentence
- A criminal record that could affect your current and future employment
- An increase in your car insurance
- Trouble traveling to countries like USA
- You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.
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