Stats released about police’s seasonal roads clampdown

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ALMOST 130 drivers were arrested after failing breath tests by police during a month-long drink-driving crackdown.

Sussex Police carried out 3,987 breath tests during December and 128 motorists were arrested.

The highest number of arrests – 30 – came in the first full week of the campaign, between December 3 and 9.

Fourteen arrested drivers during the campaign were under the age of 25. The force routinely breath tested anyone involved in a collision – resulting in 17 arrests.

Superintendent Natalie Moloney, from Sussex police, said: ‘Yet again, the results of our enforcement activity show that it is only a small minority of motorists who think that it’s acceptable to put their lives – and the lives of others around them – at risk.

‘The vast majority of the motoring public understand how dangerous it can be to drive under the influence of alcohol and take appropriate measures to ensure they don’t have to get behind the wheel after a festive tipple.

‘Although Christmas is over, our work to remove drink-drivers from the roads will not stop. The goal of the police, and the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, is to have a road network free from the fear of being injured by a drunk driver, no matter what the time of year.’

Eighty-eight texts were received from members of the public with tip-offs to help catch offenders.