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Dozens caught in drink-drive blitz face court in New Year

Drivers are facing a New Year in court after dozens of them were caught in a drinks and drugs road blitz.

Motorists are risking being over the drinks limit despite warnings of police campaigns, according to arrest figures in a pre-Christmas blitz.

More than 100 motorists had been arrested in Sussex since the Christmas 2015 crackdown on drink and drug-driving was launched on December 1.

A total of 102 arrests had been made in West and East Sussex as part of Operation Dragonfly, launched by Surrey and Sussex Police, up to the end of Wednesday of last week. Of these, 50 have been charged. It is likely the numbers will increase before the end of the Christmas period.

Among those arrested so far is Richard May, 65, retired, of Bishopric, Horsham, was arrested at Crawley Police Station on December 11 and charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis. He is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on January 7.

Amy Downes, 25, a sales assistant, of Highwood Crescent, Horsham, was arrested in Worthing Road, Southwater, on December 12 and charged with having 78mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. She is due to appear before Crawley Magistrates’ Court on  January 15.

Juliet Adsett, 34, a youth worker, of Field End, Storrington, was arrested on the A27 at Beddingham on December 12 and charged with having 96mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in her system. She is due to appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on January 11.

Arlene Mhandu, 31, a community worker, of Guildford Road in Chertsey, Surrey, was arrested in Bohemia Road, Hastings, on December 12 and charged with failing to provide a specimen for analysis. She is due to appear before Hastings Magistrates’ Court on December 30.

There have also been arrests for suspected drug-driving offences.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visithttp://www.operationcrackdown.co.uk/.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (http://www.crimestoppers-uk.org/).

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.

Details of the arrests have been publicised by police as a deterrent as part of the campaign.

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