CHRISTMAS celebrations were cut short for 12 drivers arrested for failing breath tests.
Figures have been released about an operation by Sussex police to crack down on drink driving.
Between December 22 and Boxing Day, 241 motorists were stopped at the roadside.
Twelve were arrested after being over the drink-drive limit of 35 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath.
A further two drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving while unfit through drink or drugs, one of them following a collision.
Superintendent Natalie Moloney, from Sussex police, said: ‘Every year, the vast majority of motorists make the decision to drive or to drink as they recognise the perils of mixing the two.
‘However, there’s always a small minority who run the risk of spoiling not only their Christmas, but also the festivities of those around them by choosing to disregard common sense and the law.
‘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 when they go out drinking – especially if they have to be up early the following morning when they might still be over the limit.’