DRINKERS who get behind the wheel after a pint or two in the sunshine will be targeted by a new Sussex Police initiative.
In the space of just five days last week, 31 people were arrested in the county on suspicion of drink-driving with the recent hot weather being blamed for this rise in the number of offences.
Superintendent Tony Blaker, from the road policing unit, said: “It is disappointing to see this many drivers arrested in such a short period of time, even though we are used to seeing a bit of a spike during warm weather.
“Some people blatantly risk being caught, while others may unintentionally take themselves over the limit as they quench their thirsts in beer gardens or at barbecues, but the only safe limit is not to drink and drive
“Drink driving is, at best, socially unacceptable,” he added. “At worst, there’s a potential killer in your midst. Sussex Police will continue to target these people and as 31 drivers are about to find out, it’s going to cost them a lot more than a fine and their driving licence.”