Drink-drivers 'named and shamed' on Twitter

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Image caption Those charged with drinking or taking drugs and driving will have their details posted on Twitter, police say

Motorists charged with driving under the influence of drink or drugs in Sussex and Surrey will be "named and shamed" on Twitter.

Throughout December, police will tweet details of those accused, including where and when they were stopped.

As part of the Christmas anti drink-driving campaign, warning posters will also be put up at the locations where people were arrested.

In December 2013, 2,011 people were arrested for the offence in Sussex.

So far 135 of them have been convicted, with another five still going through the court system, Sussex Police said.

Extra time is being set aside at Crawley Magistrates' Court in West Sussex to deal with those charged from Monday when the campaign is launched.

Supt Jane Derrick said: "There is often a delay of a matter of weeks between an individual being charged and them appearing in court.

"But these slots mean those charged with offences early in December could be dealt with by magistrates and banned from the roads in time for Christmas."

In January, the Information Commissioner's Office said it would take no action against Staffordshire Police following a complaint about its tweets naming drivers charged with drinking and driving.

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