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Thursday 17th June 2021



Summer drink and drug-driving crackdown kicks off alongside Euro 2020

A summer campaign to crack down on drink and drug-drivers kicks off in conjunction with the Euro 2020 football tournament.
Both Surrey Police and Sussex Police will deploy increased resources to tackle one of the five most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads.
The goal is to keep all road users safe, and to take robust action against those who put the lives of themselves and others at risk.
Working with partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Drive Smart Surrey, the forces are urging motorists to stay onside of the law – or face the penalties.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our aim is to reduce the possibility of people being injured or killed through collisions whereby the driver has been under the influence of drink or drugs.
“However, we cannot do this on our own. I need your help to take responsibility for your own actions and the actions of others – do not drive if you are going to drink or use drugs, as the consequences can be fatal for yourself or an innocent member of the public.
“And if you suspect someone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, report it to us immediately – you could save a life.
“We all know that drinking or using drugs whilst driving is not only dangerous, but socially unacceptable, and my plea is that we work together to protect everyone on the roads from harm.
A summer campaign to crack down on drink and drug-drivers kicks off today (Friday 11 June), in conjunction with the Euro 2020 football tournament.
Both Surrey Police and Sussex Police will deploy increased resources to tackle one of the five most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads.
The goal is to keep all road users safe, and to take robust action against those who put the lives of themselves and others at risk.
Working with partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Drive Smart Surrey, the forces are urging motorists to stay onside of the law – or face the penalties.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our aim is to reduce the possibility of people being injured or killed through collisions whereby the driver has been under the influence of drink or drugs.
“However, we cannot do this on our own. I need your help to take responsibility for your own actions and the actions of others – do not drive if you are going to drink or use drugs, as the consequences can be fatal for yourself or an innocent member of the public.
“And if you suspect someone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, report it to us immediately – you could save a life.
“We all know that drinking or using drugs whilst driving is not only dangerous, but socially unacceptable, and my plea is that we work together to protect everyone on the roads from harm.
A summer campaign to crack down on drink and drug-drivers kicks off today (Friday 11 June), in conjunction with the Euro 2020 football tournament.
Both Surrey Police and Sussex Police will deploy increased resources to tackle one of the five most common causes of fatal and serious injury collisions on our roads.
The goal is to keep all road users safe, and to take robust action against those who put the lives of themselves and others at risk.
Working with partners including Sussex Safer Roads Partnership and Drive Smart Surrey, the forces are urging motorists to stay onside of the law – or face the penalties.
Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “Our aim is to reduce the possibility of people being injured or killed through collisions whereby the driver has been under the influence of drink or drugs.
“However, we cannot do this on our own. I need your help to take responsibility for your own actions and the actions of others – do not drive if you are going to drink or use drugs, as the consequences can be fatal for yourself or an innocent member of the public.
“And if you suspect someone is driving under the influence of drink or drugs, report it to us immediately – you could save a life.
“We all know that drinking or using drugs whilst driving is not only dangerous, but socially unacceptable, and my plea is that we work together to protect everyone on the roads from harm. Read more here

Man found not guilty of attempted murder following incident in Burgess Hill

A man has been found not guilty of attempted murder after another man was driven at in Burgess Hill.
Officers received a report of a verbal altercation involving two men at the junction of Cants Lane and Wyvern Way, Burgess Hill, around 12.15pm on Monday (24 August).
One of the men was then seen to get into his vehicle and drive his car at the other man, colliding with him before colliding into a road sign. The suspect exited the car and assaulted the victim before getting in his car and driving off.
The vehicle was located in Cants Lane and the suspect was located and arrested by officers nearby.
The victim, a man in his 40s, suffered minor injuries and was discharged from hospital.
Arthur McGhie, 55, of Cants Lane, Burgess Hill was found not guilty of attempted murder at Hove Crown Court on Friday (11 June).
He was found guilty by a jury of assaulting an emergency worker and previously pleaded guilty to dangerous driving, attempted grievous bodily harm and causing actual bodily harm to an emergency worker.
McGhie has been remanded in custody to be sentenced in September on a date to be determined. 
DS Mark Buckley said: "This has been a lengthy investigation, which has had a significant impact on those involved.
"We'd like to thank the victim for their bravery and to the witnesses who have assisted with our enquiries.
"We are thankful of the careful consideration of the evidence given by the members of the public who served on the jury and we respect their verdict.
"We hope that these proceedings help to provide the victim with some closure on what has been a very traumatic incident."


 


 


 
 

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