Since 1 December Surrey Police and Sussex Police have been cracking down on drink and drug-drivers, with 89 arrests being made within Surrey in the first three weeks.
Those arrests resulted in 43 people being charged and 32 being released under investigation.
The figures were announced on 21 December (2017), with Surrey Police saying they continue to urge the public to make wise decisions over the remaining Christmas period, and to plan ahead.
Chief Inspector Warren Franklin, of Surrey Police and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, said:
“Christmas is a time for friends and family, but it’s also a time when a stupid decision could lead to the loss of someone’s life.
For those caught and convicted, it will have consequences – offenders face a minimum 12-month disqualification, fines up to £5,000 and up to six months’ imprisonment. If you kill someone you could face life behind bars.
We always encourage motorists to plan ahead. So for example, if you’re going for a night out with work or friends arrange a taxi or get a lift home with someone who’s sober. Don’t chance driving yourself. It’s really not worth the risk.
Additionally if you’re out with someone who is intending to drive whilst under the influence of drink or drugs be brave, take a stand and try to talk them out of it. People in Surrey can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving. Always dial 999 if you know someone is currently driving while over the limit or after taking drugs.
Please ensure you make the right decision this festive season, and don’t ruin Christmas.”
Surrey Police add:
“Alternatively, you can visit the independent charity, Crimestoppers, via their website www.crimestoppers-uk.org or contact them anonymously on 0800 555 111 – they never ask your name or trace your call.”
The force says driving under the influence of drink or drugs is one of the four major causes of serious injury and fatal collisions – the other three being speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and using a mobile device while driving.