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BREATHALYSER checks will be offered to Isle of Wight Festival-goers in a police crackdown on drink-driving.

Drivers concerned they may be over the limit when leaving the site at Seaclose Park, Newport, on Monday can opt for a free check from Hampshire Constabulary roads policing officers.

Sergeant Paul Bailey said: ‘You won’t be arrested if you’re over the limit, but you will be told not drive. If you ignore our advice you will be arrested which will be a much bigger inconvenience to your travel plans. Our aim is to keep everyone safe on the roads, not to spoil anyone’s fun.’

Road policing officers will be at the three-day event reminding revellers not to drive home if they are planning a weekend of excess.

Officers will be conducting drink-drive operations on the island over the weekend. Any driver caught over the limit will be arrested.

So far 107 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving since Operation Solar launched on June 1 – up eight per cent on 99 in the same period last year.