- Police in Surrey, UK, to crack down on drink and drug driving offenders
- Will name those charged with drink or drug-driving offences
- Police will also release footage of convicted offenders to show the state they are in
Surrey and Sussex Police are cracking down on drink and drug driving offences during the month of June.
As part of Operation Dragonfly – the Forces’ year-round strategy to remove drink and drug-drivers from the roads – road policing unit officers will be on dedicated patrols looking for offenders.
In previous campaigns, Sussex and Surrey Police have named all those charged with drink or drug-driving offences that were committed during the month-long crackdown and will be doing so again.
In addition, this year the Forces will be releasing footage of convicted offenders, if appropriate, that shows the state they were in when they got behind the wheel – and how important it is that they are banned from the roads before they hurt anyone.
Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas said:
“Everyone knows that there are people who will get behind the wheel after drinking or taking drugs without thinking about the consequences.”
“It is only when you see the condition that some of those arrested are in that it really hits home how dangerous their behaviour is.”
“We have found motorists who couldn’t stand, who couldn’t talk and some who struggled even to open their eyes when we pulled them over.”
“People who drink or take drugs and get behind the wheel have slower reaction times, struggle to concentrate and can behave more erratically on the roads, putting both themselves and other people in danger.”
The campaign is being run jointly by Surrey Police and Sussex Police alongside Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, Drive Smart in Surrey and the independent charity Crimestoppers.