Forces present unified approach to keep roads safe this winter

SURREY POLICE, with the help of their Sussex colleagues, have moved to deliver safer roads this festive period.

Drivers getting behind the wheel under the influence of drugs or drink will be targeted in a Christmas campaign launched on Tuesday.

As part of Operation Dragonfly  road policing unit officers will be on dedicated patrols.

In previous campaigns, both forces have named all those charged with drink or drug-driving offences that were committed during the month-long crackdown.

A total of 106 people were charged in Surrey during the action last Christmas.

Teams will respond to tip-offs from members of the public who see someone they know has been drinking getting into a car to drive.

Stop checks will also be set up at locations across Sussex and Surrey, in particular where there is intelligence that there has been a history of illegal driving.

Officers will also tweet about people who are found guilty of drink or drug-driving offences, giving brief details such as when and where the motorists were pulled over.

Inspector Alan Nicholls said: “Officers will be out looking for anyone who has got behind the wheel or on a motorcycle after drinking or taking drugs.

“We will not tolerate drink or drug-driving and would urge anyone who thinks they know someone who is driving over the limit or after taking drugs to contact us urgently so that we can act.

“This campaign is about saving lives and serious injuries to road users, especially during the Christmas festivities, and drivers are urged to be very sensible and not drink or take drugs at all if driving, and to remember that they are very likely to be
over the limit the morning after.”

In a survey conducted last year by Brake and Direct Line, three per cent of UK motorists – the equivalent of a million drivers across the country – admitted they had driven while on illegal drugs in the previous 12 months.

In the same survey 5.9 per cent of motorists admitted to getting behind the wheel when they thought they could be over the limit – the equivalent of a further two million drink-drivers on the roads.

People can text officers on 65999 with the details of motorists they suspect of drink/drug driving.

Alternatively go online now to to make a report.

To keep up to date with officers looking for drink or drug drivers, follow #opdragonfly on Twitter.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs call 999 as a matter of urgency.

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