Sussex Police drink driving figures for Chichester

A CRACKDOWN on drink and drug driving resulted in 16 arrests in the Chichester district last month.

Sussex Police has revealed that in December, one person was arrested for ‘drug driving’ in the Chichester district, and one person was arrested for failing to take a breath test.

In total, 14 people were arrested by police for driving under the influence of alcohol in the district.

In Sussex as a whole more than 170 people could be banned from the roads after they were arrested as part of a crackdown on drink-drivers in Sussex.

A total of 120 people were charged with drink or drug-related driving offences since December 1, when Sussex Police began its annual Christmas campaign to make the roads safer.

A further 52 people have been arrested during the month before being released on bail while officers carry out further inquiries.

The arrests have followed officers testing more than 4,000 motorists for drink or drugs after accidents or having stopped their vehicles.

Chief inspector Natalie Moloney said: “I’m very disappointed that so many people ignored our messages and decided to risk their lives and the lives of other people by drink-driving or drug-driving.

“The fact that 21 people were arrested on suspicion of driving after taking drugs confirms my view that it is not just drink-driving that must be tackled in Sussex to make the roads safer for everyone.

“Magistrates have shown in the cases that have been dealt with so far that they will ban offenders from the roads and fine them as well.

“I expect to see plenty more motorists banned from driving by the courts because of their selfish behaviour during the campaign which will affect not just them but their families, friends and businesses.

“We will continue to look for drink and drug drivers every day and every night - it is not just a priority for us at Christmas.”