A TOTAL of 26 arrests were made in the first 48 hours of a Christmas crackdown on drink and drug-drivers.

The arrests were made in Sussex over the weekend and police will be publishing details of those convicted, including their name, age, address and occupation.

Chief Inspector Andy Gooch, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “To have made so many arrests in such a short space of time – just days after we publicised our messaging around the risks of drink and drug-driving – is quite unbelievable.

“Driving under the influence of drink or drugs is stupid, it’s selfish and it’s downright shameful, and anyone caught and convicted will be held accountable for their actions.

“Not only can you expect a lengthy ban, a hefty fine and possibly a prison sentence, you’ll also get a criminal record, which could affect your job, your future insurance costs and your travel prospects.

“Worse still, you could kill yourself or someone else.

"Last year in Sussex 13 people died in collisions which involved a drink-driver.

"Is it really worth it? We can assure you it is not.”

He added: “While this is a dedicated campaign which occurs twice a year during peak periods, at Christmas and in the summer, we will still respond to reports of drink and drug-drivers as part of our routine policing 365 days a year."

More statistics will be published until the campaign finishes on January 1.

Sussex Police have warned that a couple of drinks is enough to put a driver over the limit and drink can take time to leave the body – meaning people can still be over the limit after several hours of sleep.

Those convicted could face:

A minimum 12 month ban.

An unlimited fine.

A possible prison sentence.

A criminal record, which could affect your current and future employment.

An increase in your car insurance;

Trouble travelling to countries such as the USA.