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Forty Arrests In 237 Traffic Stops During Police Crackdown On Surrey’s Roads

Published on: 23 Jul, 2020
Updated on: 25 Jul, 2020

Police have made 40 arrests during a two-week crackdown on drink- and drug-drivers in Surrey. The operation by Surrey and Sussex police ended on Sunday, July 12.

Of the 237 vehicles stopped in Surrey, 24 arrests were made for a positive drug wipe, 15 for a positive breath test, and one was made for both a positive drug wipe and breath test. These drivers now face the legal consequences. In Sussex, 85 arrests were made.

40 arrests were made during a two week police campaign against drink- and drug-drivers in Surrey (library picture).

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “It’s really disappointing some people still choose to risk the lives of themselves and others by driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.

“These irresponsible individuals increase the chances of serious injury or fatal collisions, which impacts hugely on the lives of those injured and the families of those who die.

“Such tragedies could be easily avoided if people listen to our advice, listen to their conscience, and make the right decision.

“If you know that you’re not going to be legal to drive, make sure you plan ahead. Walk home if you can, book a taxi, take public transport or get a lift with someone sober. Never get into a vehicle if you suspect the driver is under the influence.”

Library picture.

The campaign was run by the forces in conjunction with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and DriveSmart Surrey, and is in addition to routine roads policing, which involves responding to reports of drink- and drug-drivers 365 days a year.

Last year in Surrey, there were 83 crashes where drink-driving may have been a factor resulting in injuries and two deaths.

The campaign coincided with the National Police Chiefs’ Council’s seatbelt operation, aimed to raise awareness of the potentially devastating consequences of not belting up in a vehicle. Not wearing a seat belt can be a fatal decision even on short, familiar journeys.

Of the 72 vehicles stopped for potential seatbelt offences during the operation, 52 verbal warnings were given and 16 fixed penalty notices were issued. No action was required for the remaining vehicles stopped.

If you drive under the influence of drink or drugs, prepare to face the consequences. These could include:

  • Killing or seriously injuring yourself or someone else;
  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your present and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance costs; and
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online.

This article is based on a press release from Surrey Police.

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Responses to Forty Arrests In 237 Traffic Stops During Police Crackdown On Surrey’s Roads

  1. Dave Middleton Reply

    July 25, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    Well done Surrey Police. Let’s hope that the courts apply firm sanctions upon those found guilty, who endanger all of us.

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