Sussex Police in stark warning to ‘morning after’ drink drivers

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TWELVE motorists were arrested for driving under the influence ‘the morning after’ at the start of a police crackdown.

Drink and drug drivers are being targeted by Sussex Police in a summer campaign.

New figures show officers arrested 12 drivers for driving while impaired between 6am and noon from June 1 to 16.

Some of those had drunk alcohol the night before.

They include a 51-year-old professional driver who was arrested at 10.15am driving a truck after being stopped by police on the A259 at Seaford, West Sussex. A breath test on June 13 revealed he was more than twice the legal alcohol limit.

Chief Inspector Di Roskilly of Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit said: ‘Many people underestimate when they think they are safe to drive.

‘Having a cold shower or a cup of strong coffee is just not good enough to sober up.

‘As a guide it is best to leave 12 hours, but even this will depend on what alcohol has been consumed and the individual’s capacity to process it.

‘To be absolutely sure that you are legally safe, don’t drink the night before you have to drive.’

Police breathalysed 2,545 people between June 1 and June 17 – and 100 were arrested on suspicion of driving while impaired.