Sussex police are preparing to launch their annual Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers.

The force said a number of officers will be dedicated to the campaign, which runs from this Saturday (December, 1) until January 1 inclusive.

Those who are convicted will have their name, age, address and occupation published online, according to police.

It will be a measure used to deter people from driving under the influence.

Statistics from the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership show, last year, a total of 56 people died in road traffic collisions in Sussex.

Thirteen of the 56 involved a drink driver – representing 23 per cent of all fatal collisions in the country.

Chief Inspector Andy Gooch, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said:

“Arguably the hardest part of any police officer’s job is telling someone that one of their loved ones has died.

“When you consider it could so easily have been avoided, it becomes even harder.

“Drink and drug-driving destroys lives.

“It happens year on year and sadly, despite our repeated warnings, there will always be a minority of selfish and shameful individuals who still continue to put the lives of themselves and others at risk.”

During the same campaign from December 2017 to January 2018, 195 arrest were made in Sussex, of which at least 130 have been convicted.

Chief Insp Gooch said:

“If you’re going to consume drink or drugs, we’d encourage you to plan ahead – walk home, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with someone sober.

“Never get into a vehicle with someone you know is over the limit.

“Also be mindful of the amount of time it takes for substances to leave your body.

“Even if you’ve slept for several hours, you could still be over the limit the next morning and a coffee and a cold shower won’t speed up the process.”

The Sussex Safer Roads Partnership has a morning after calculator on its website to find out roughly how long it takes before you can safely drive.

Possible consequences of driving under the influence are:

  • A minimum 12 month ban
  • An unlimited fine
  • A possible prison sentence
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment
  • An increase in your car insurance costs
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving.

The campaign is being run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey.