More than 70 drivers have been banned after being caught by police in a summer crackdown.
Among them is Jason Murray, 27, a builder, of Lower Faircox, Henfield. He was arrested in High Street, Henfield, on June 17, and charged with driving with 55mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system, possession of MDMA and driving with no insurance.
Mr Murray pleaded guilty at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on July19 and was disqualified from driving for 36 months. He was also ordered to carry out 50 hours of unpaid work in the next 12 months, and pay a £85 fine and a £85 victim surcharge.Police, who had given advance warning of the blitz, code-named Operation Dragonfly, released details of cases of drink and drug-driving related offences as a deterrent to other drivers. They included several tradesmen, a teacher, a chef, a publican and an engineer, with ages ranging from 23 to 82. One man, who had other driving offences, was hailed for four weeks and banned for 40 months, and the longest ban was for four years. Many of the cases involved drivers who needed transport for work.
One of the most serious cases highlighted by police was a student caught speeding on the A23 in excess of 120mph while almost twice the drink-drive limit.
A report said that at about 1pm on June 30, officers on patrol in an unmarked vehicle became aware of a silver Volkswagen Golf travelling at speed on the A23 southbound near Albourne.
They pursued the vehicle and signalled for it to pull over in a layby just past the junction of the A2300.
The driver, Anderson Bell, was arrested and taken into custody at Brighton Police Station, where he was subsequently charged with driving with 68mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath in his system and speeding. The legal drink-drive limit is 35mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
The 25-year-old, of Western Road, Brighton, pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on July 14 and was disqualified from driving for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a £240 fine, £85 costs and a £85 victim surcharge.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.
You can also contact the inependent 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 or after taking drugs call 999.