A drink/drug driving crackdown is not just for Christmas








WHAT: Monthly Performance & Accountability Meeting (PAM)

WHEN: Friday 14 December at 13:00

WHERE: Watch live online or catch up in the archive: http://www.sussex-pcc.public-i.tv/core/portal/home  

SOCIAL MEDIA: Join the conversation on Twitter using #SussexPoliceScrutiny

Drink and drug driving has recently been reported in the media as at a record level nationally. Sussex PCC Katy Bourne is questioning the Chief Constable on how reckless drivers are endangering other road users and what measures are being taken to crackdown on the problem.

Operation Dragonfly is the dedicated Sussex Police drink-and-drug-drive campaign which began on 1st December 2018 and will run across the month in the lead up to Christmas and New Year celebrations. Astonishingly the Force has already reported a total of 26 arrests made in just the first 48 hours.

Commenting ahead of the meeting Mrs Bourne said: “I am still dismayed by the number of people who continue to get behind the wheel of their vehicle when they are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. When will they ever learn?

“Sussex Police will publicly name drivers charged for being over the limit and offenders could face a hefty fine or even a prison sentence. Very few people will have sympathy for those who kill or seriously injure when under the influence of drink or drugs, so I am keen to hear how this ‘naming and shaming’ technique acts as a deterrent.

“The message is clear drink or drive; don’t take the risk, even if you have had ‘only one drink’. If you are caught driving under the influence this Christmas expect to face the consequences.

“I will also be taking this opportunity to question the Chief Constable on how these targeted campaigns are continued throughout the year, so that people know the message that a drink/drug driving crackdown is not just for Christmas, it’s all year round in Sussex.”

Other topics under discussion include:
• Police grant settlement 2019/20
• Operation Ribbon
• HMICFRS – National Child Protection Inspection
• HMICFRS – Policing and Mental Health: Picking up the Pieces
• 101 non-emergency call handling times

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