Police set to launch Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers
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Surrey Police have today (1 December) launched their annual Christmas crackdown on drink and drug drivers in Surrey.
Drink and drug-driving is one of the most common causes of collisions which result in death or serious injury.
From 1 December to 1 January, Surrey and Sussex Police will have resources dedicated to preventing and detecting incidents of drink and drug-driving. This is in addition to the routine roads policing work carried out 365 days a year.
In keeping with previous campaigns, anyone arrested during this period and convicted will be identified on our website and social media channels as a deterrent.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Drink and drug-driving really does destroy lives and is something we see far too much on Surrey roads. Most people are safe and conscientious motorists, but despite knowing the risks, there is still a small number of people who are not only willing risking their own lives but the lives of others.
“It is worrying that some in society still see this crime as acceptable and we encourage you to have a designated driver, utilise taxis and public transport where you can, and enjoy your Christmas celebrations without the fear of killing a friend, a stranger or yourself through drink or drug driving.
“As always, we will deal extremely robustly with these offenders through a combination of measures including education, engineering and enforcement, with a special emphasis on reducing casualty rates of vulnerable users like motorcyclists and young drivers.
“Remember even a small amount of alcohol or substances can massively impair your ability to drive safely and you could also be over the limit several hours after you’ve stopped drinking, so make sure you give it enough time before you drive. Drugs stay in your system far longer.
“So do the right thing and arrange an alternative and safe way home.”
Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey Lisa Townsend said: “I want to thank the majority of Surrey residents who will continue to take care on Surrey’s roads as we enjoy the festive season.
“But even a small amount of alcohol or drugs can have fatal consequences if you get behind the wheel of a vehicle. To the reckless and selfish minority who choose to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the message is clear: Any risk you take is gambling with the lives of others and will have consequences for your future.”
The consequences of drink or drug-driving could include:
Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
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.
If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. www.crimestoppers-uk.org
The campaign is being run in conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart in Surrey. As part of the campaign we have worked together with Surrey Fire and Rescue and South East Coast Ambulance Service to create a video that shows the devastating impacts of driving under the influence. You can watch it below.