More than 15,000 bad drivers have been reported to police in a year – but just eight have been arrested.

Sussex Police’s operation crackdown has on average received one report of anti-social driving every 30 minutes in the past year.

It comes as national cycling charity CTC figures reveal one in eleven motorists in Brighton and Hove has at least three points on their licence.

In total, more than 89,000 motorists in Sussex have at least three points on their licence and more than 2,000 have nine points or more.

Through Operation Crackdown motorists, cyclists and pedestrians have contacted the force via their website on more than 15,200 occasions since the start of October last year, as well as making 360 phone calls to report dangerous driving.

In the same period eight people were arrested and 12,000 letters of advice were sent out, including more than 300 to repeat offenders.


Almost 1,500 owners of commercial vehicles received letters as well more than 360 young drivers and almost 100 motorcyclists.

More than half of reports were complaining about speeding drivers while a further third were about inconsiderate driving.

Letters are sent out to motorists if anti-social driving incidents are witnessed by more than one person, if the vehicle has been reported previously in the past year or has had two speeding offences recorded by community speed watch.

Operation crackdown was launched by Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Sussex Police in 2007.

Government figures show the best behaving drivers are in Seaford, where one in 14 motorists had points on their licence while drivers in Brighton and Hove, Worthing and Crawley were all above the county average.

A cycling charity CTC claimed the discrepancy in different areas around the country was due to the varying levels of road policing in each area.

But Sussex Police Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas said: “Year on year the number of people being seriously injured or killed in accidents on Sussex’s roads is falling.

“There is no evidence to support the CTC report’s suggestion that drivers in one area of the country are worse offenders than in another.

“In Sussex we want to get people who break the law on the roads to learn why what they are doing puts themselves and others at risk. Simply giving them points on their licence will not achieve that.”