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Sussex drink drivers to be named and shamed in summer crackdown
7:05pm Tuesday 27th May 2014 in News
Drink drivers will be named and shamed as part of police crackdown.
Sussex Police will publish the names of all those who appear in court on suspicion of having committed a drink or drug-driving offence in June.
It comes following a similar scheme run during last year’s Christmas period.
Posters will also be put up across the county at sites where offenders were stopped during the Christmas campaign to warn drivers in those areas that they could be caught if they get behind the wheel while over the limit.
The campaign has been given the name Operation Dragonfly and aims to prevent avoidable tragedies by discouraging people from taking to the road while they are unfit.
Officers will also tweet about people stopped on suspicion of drink or drug-driving offences throughout June.
Chief Inspector Natalie Moloney said: "The summer puts a different type of offender on the roads than we catch at Christmas - the warm weather drinker.
"Whether drinking with family or friends at home or out at the beach, park or pubs don't be tempted to drive and don't forget that after a late night heavy session you will undoubtedly still be over the limit if you decide to drive in the morning.
"Into that mix are young drivers for who this may be their first summer on the roads. If you are a friend getting a lift make sure you don't pressurise them into drinking.
"There is no excuse for driving while over the limit or after taking drugs.”
During June 2013 more than 3,500 motorists were breathalised and more than 140 people were arrested.
Road users in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with details about people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit call 999.
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