Sussex Police catch more people under the influence

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THE number of people drink-driving in Sussex has gone up, according to new figures.

A campaign last month by Sussex Police saw 2,177 people being breathalysed – with 117 people being arrested for being over the limit.

For the same operation last year, 3,744 tests were carried out, with 98 people arrested.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, of the Roads Policing Unit, said: ‘Everyone knows that drink-driving is against the law and contributes to accidents on our roads, but sadly some drivers still appear to be ignoring the facts.

‘Throughout the year we have been collating intelligence from local residents and anonymous information about areas where drink driving is known to take place.

‘Static checks were set up around the county in these hotspots and drivers were stopped and spoken to and breathalysed if officers had suspicions that they had been drink driving.

‘I would urge anyone who suspects that someone is driving under the influence of alcohol to tell us.’

Call police on 101.