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Summer blitz on drink and drugs drivers under way

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Drink and drugs drivers face a summer blitz from police.

Surrey and Sussex Police are running their seasonal  campaign until July 10.
Operation Dragonfly is a year-round strategy, run in conjunction with Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, which targets offenders in a bid to prevent collisions and save lives on the roads across the two counties.
As part of the summer campaign officers are carrying out dedicated patrols to identify motorists who break the law and risk the lives of themselves and others’.
Police made 170 arrests in Sussex as part of the operation in June 2015; 148 on suspicion of drink-driving and 22 on suspicion of drug-driving. This is compared to 143 the previous summer.
Sergeant Phil Badman, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “As part of this operation, we will be increasing patrols and carrying out routine checks on motorists in a bid to detect and deter drink and drug-drivers.
“However, it’s important to note that while we will have officers dedicated to targeting offenders throughout the summer, it is a year-round operation and if you are caught, you will face the consequences.
“A lot of people like to have a drink when the sun is out, whether they are on holiday, having a barbecue or relaxing with friends. And while we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves and have fun in the sun, we also want them to act responsibly.
To be consistent with previous operations, Surrey and Sussex Police are continuing to identify anyone charged with drink or drug-driving.
People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.
They can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (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 through drink or drugs, call 999.

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