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Drink and drug drivers to be named on Surrey Police website

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Drink and drug drivers to be named on Surrey Police website

Published by the Eagle Radio News Team at 6:22am 29th June 2020.

People convicted of drink or drug driving over the next two weeks are warned they will be identified on Surrey Police's news website and social media pages.

It is part of the force's summer crackdown on the crime, starting today (29 June), with  more patrols on the road than usual until 13 July.

The aim of the two week campaign is to educated drivers and target offenders.

The campaign coincides with the National Police Chiefs' Council's seatbelt operation,  to raise awareness of the potentially devastating consequences of not belting up.

Road safety campaign Drive SMART partnership in Surrey will be supporting the National Police Chiefs' Council seatbelt campaign throughout June and July 2020.
  
It is a legal requirement fpr drivers and passengers to wear one, and the responsibility of the driver to ensure children are using the correct safety restraints for their age and size.

Offenders face a fine of £100 if caught without a seatbelt - which can be increased to up to £500 if it goes to court.

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said :

"Our priority is to keep everyone as safe as possible on our roads, and to deal robustly with anyone who compromises the safety of themselves or anyone else.
 
"Much of this is down to education and enforcement of the 'fatal four' offences - speeding, drink and drug-driving, mobile phone use and not wearing a seatbelt. These are the four most common causes of fatal and seriously injury collisions on our roads.
 
"I'm sure people will have heard me warn them about these dangers before, but the message remains the same as I am committed to saving lives. Drink and drug-driving destroys lives, it's as simple as that.
 
"While the vast majority of motorists drive safely and responsibly, there continues to be a small minority who think they are above the law. Whether you "feel fine" or were "just around the corner", we've heard every excuse in the book. But there's no excuse for ever driving under the influence of drink or drugs."

Surrey Police say in 2019  a total of 83 crashes where drink driving may have been a factor resulted in two deaths.
 
Chief Insp Hodder said  "these statistics are wholly avoidable:"

"By choosing to drink-drive, you are choosing to put your life - and the lives of other innocent road users - at risk.
 
"We'll continue to proactively patrol our counties' roads and respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers when we receive them. We can't be everywhere, but we could be anywhere.
 
"Think carefully before you make your next journey. It could be your last."

Apart from being identified on Surrey Police's news website and social media pages over the next two weeks if convicted, the consequences of drink or drug-driving could include the following:

  • A minimum 12 month ban;
  • An unlimited fine;
  • A possible prison sentence;
  • A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment;
  • An increase in your car insurance;
  • Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA;
  • You could also kill or seriously injure yourself or someone else.

If you know someone is driving while over the limit or after taking drugs, call 999.
 
You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report it online. www.crimestoppers-uk.org