Twitter to be used to name and shame drink drivers

Two police forces in the UK are to start naming and shaming convicted motorists who have drove over the legal alcohol limit on social news feeds, as the seasonal road safety campaigns step into gear.

The joint initiative between Sussex and Surrey police forces will see details of when and where alleged drink-driving offences have taken place. Upon conviction, the offending drivers’ names could also be mentioned on Twitter.

Other efforts being taken by the police to combat Christmas drink drivers will also see posters put in place in the worst offending areas on the roads.

The forces will also encourage people to let them know of any suspicions over drink-drive offenders through text messages, and directly through their website, www.operationcrackdown.co.uk.

To ensure drivers can be convicted as quickly as possible, extra time is also being organised within Crawley Magistrates’ Court. With five cases from last year’s drink drive arrests still outstanding, the West Sussex court will allow alleged offenders to be dealt with as soon as possible.

The extra sessions will come into effect from the start of December, with it being hoped that many drivers will be banned from driving within ten days of being charged, meaning they are off the road for Christmas.

Speaking on behalf of the campaign, Sergeant Jane Derrick said:

“There is often a delay of a matter of weeks between an individual being charged and them appearing in court.”

The police officer went on to say that there were no excuses for driving over the limit, whether it was due to drink or drugs.

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