Hundreds Arrested During Drink & Drug Drive Campaign

Wednesday 13th July 2016

eastbourne buzz news - Operation Dragonfly 2

A total of 204 motorists were arrested in Sussex during a summer crackdown on drink and drug-driving.

The alarming statistic has been revealed following the conclusion of Operation Dragonfly, the Surrey and Sussex Police campaign, which ran from Monday 6 June to Sunday 10 July.

Officers acted on intelligence, and carried out dedicated patrols and stop checks, across the county during the 34-day period.

In comparison, a total of 203 drink and drug-driving arrests were made in Sussex in the last committed campaign, which also ran for 34 days and included the whole of December and the first three days of 2016.

Sergeant Phil Badman, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, said, "The figures compared to our Christmas campaign demonstrate that no matter what time of year it is, people still continue to take risks by driving under the influence of drink and drugs in Sussex.

"In conjunction with the Sussex Safer Roads Partnership, we work hard to hit home the message that drink and drug-driving will not be tolerated, and the consequences that such actions could have on our roads. Despite this, a small minority appear to either ignore our advice or simply think they are above the law.

"One thing is for sure – if you are caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs, you will be dealt with robustly. This includes a minimum of a 12-month ban, and can include heavy fines, community sentences and, in some cases, a prison term. It can also affect the cost of your insurance policy and future employment, and the risk really isn't worth taking.”

Some arrests have come as a result of an increasing number of reports from members of the public, and officers are encouraging law-abiding road users to continue to report offenders.

Sgt Badman added, "There are a number of ways people can report suspected drink or drug-drivers, whether it be via text, phone, email or our website, and we would urge people to keep the reports coming.

"We can't be everywhere at once, and receiving intelligence from the public helps us to locate, identify and catch criminals, preventing the risk to themselves and others at the earliest opportunity.

"It's also important to add that while we carry out dedicated patrols at Christmas and during summer, we will of course continue to arrest anyone suspected of driving while under the influence in Sussex at any time of the year.”

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 (

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.

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