MORE than 5,500 breath tests have taken place since Sussex Police launched its annual Christmas anti-drink drive campaign.
Since Monday November 14, a total of 142 drink or drug driving related arrests have been recorded.
Chief Inspector Di Roskilly of Sussex Police said: “Officers across Sussex Police have been carrying out breath tests in days of targeted action and following collisions. So far around two-and-a-half per cent of those breathalysed have failed the test and been arrested.
“It is disappointing that people are still choosing to drive after having a drink. Drink or drug driving ruins lives and I would encourage the public to report anyone they believe may be drink-driving.”
This year people can report a drink-driver by texting Sussex Police on 65999, including details about who the driver is, where they are driving from and to, details about the car and registration.
On Thursday evening (December 15) the Road Policing Unit from Polegate carried out a drink drive check in partnership with East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service from Wadhurst.
Drivers were breath tested by police and invited to speak to fire officers outside the fire station.
During the check, 80 vehicles were stopped, two drivers were arrested for drink driving and one was arrested for drug-related offences.
To report drink or drug driving call 999 if the person is driving or about to drive, or 101 if it is not imminent, for example they are a habitual drink driver.