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Disappointing numbers still driving under the influence

05 Jan, 2018 16:55 News

Breathalyser and Drugwipe kitSurrey Police has been targeting drink and drug-drivers over the festive period (1 December – 2 January) and have arrested 154 and charged 61 with offences.

Under current legislation, an individual can receive up to 14 years in prison if they cause death by careless driving while under the influence of intoxicating substances – however under new government proposals, motorists face a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

Of those charged, a further 17 have now been though court proceedings and convicted of the following:

  • Peter Reilly of Holly Lodge, Lower Kingswood, Tadworth received a fine of £300 and has been disqualified for 3 years
  • Matthew Elcome of Alcocks Lane, Kingswood, Tadworth received a fine of £400.00 and has been disqualified for 12 months
  • Sean Pumphrey of Bordon, Trenchard Park received a fine of £300.00 and has been disqualified for 12 months
  • Thomas Cunningham of Cross Lane, Camberley received a fine of £600.00 and has been disqualified for 12 months
  • Imran Sheikh of Shepherds House Lane, Earley, Reading received a fine of £120.00 and has been disqualified for 18 months
  • Noga Piotr of Colliers Water Lane, Thornton Heath received a fine of £120.00 and has been disqualified for 17 months
  • Kelsey McDine of Reigate Road, Epsom received a fine of £120.00 and has been disqualified for 12 months
  • Shariar Khan of Rockshaw Road,Merstham, Redhill received a fine of £100.00 and has been disqualified for 12 months
  • Joseph Baker of Elleray Court, Ash Vale, Aldershot received a fine of £600.00 and has been disqualified for 12 months
  • Kris Hill of Green Lane, Godalming, Surrey received a fine of £120.00 and has been disqualified for 20 months
  • Benjamin Bateman of Ascot Course, Aldershot, Hampshire received a fine of £100.00 and has been disqualified for 12 months
  • Martin Johnson of Worplesdon Road, Guildford, Surrey received a fine of £500.00 and has been disqualified for 36 months
  • James Painter of Dorking, Surrey received a fine of £250.00 and has been disqualified for 12 months
  • Diogo Lopes of Courts Road, Early, Reading received a fine of £325.00 and has been disqualified for 18 months
  • Maria Patti of Spurfield, West Molesey, Surrey received a fine of £200.00 and has been disqualified for 18 months
  • Catherine Amiri of Elizabethan Way, Stanwell, Staines-Upon-Thames received a fine of £120.00 and has been disqualified for 20 months

Superintendent Chris Moon of the Surrey Police and Sussex Police Road Policing Units said, “We’re extremely disappointed that so many people still decide to drive under the influence of drink or drugs, putting themselves and others at significant risk of being killed or seriously injured, despite our repeated warnings.

“While we drew specific attention to this issue during the festive period, don’t think the end of our dedicated campaign means you’re off the hook. There is no place for driving under the influence on Surrey’s roads and we’ll still proactively and reactively respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers throughout the year, and those caught will be dealt with robustly.

“We’d like to thank everyone for their support, in particular those who have reported incidents to us. If you are out with friends or work colleagues and someone is intending to drive while under the influence – our message is, “Be brave!” try and talk them out of it or suggest other ways of getting home. However if you know someone is currently driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, please call 999.”

Alternatively, you can visit the independent charity, Crimestoppers, via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org or contact them anonymously on 0800 555 111 – they never ask your name or trace your call.

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