Motorists warned as police crack down on drink-driving

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MOTORISTS face being banned from driving and could face a prison sentence if they are caught drink-driving, police warned today.

Since the beginning of June, Sussex police have been conducting roadside breath tests, cracking down on drivers who have taken to the roads while over the legal alcohol limit.

One man has already been banned from driving for being over the limit when he was caught last Monday.

So far this month 82 drivers have been arrested after failing breath tests.

Chief Inspector Phil Nicholas, from Sussex police, said: ‘The majority of motorists make the decision to drive or to drink as they recognise the perils of mixing the two, however every year, there’s always a small minority who ignore the warning and disregard the law and get behind the wheel or onto a bike anyway.

‘However since 2005 the number of people involved in these collisions has dropped from 133 to 49 in 2012, which shows people are making the right choice.’

He added: ‘Mixing alcohol and driving is dangerous and ignorance of the legal limit is no excuse. We urge everyone to think about when they’re next driving and remember you can still be over the limit the following morning. If you know you have to drive in the next few hours, it’s safest to avoid drinking alcohol at all.’

Following the Christmas campaign, four people were banned from driving.