Police have made a total of 279 arrests for drink and drug driving offences during a summer crackdown on dangerous driving.

This comes after police previously warned football fans that they could face prison if they are found to be driving while over the limit during the Euros.

Sussex Police carried out dedicated patrols that ran from June 11 to July 11 which coincided with the tournament, in addition to the routine policing of roads.

Among this large number of arrests, 79 were in relation to the illegal rave that took place in Steyning at the end of June.

Of the 279 arrests that were made, 87 of them have already been charged to appear in court and those convicted will have their details published on the Sussex Police website.

The Argus: Of the 279 arrests for drink or drug driving, 87 have so far appeared in court

Chief Inspector Michael Hodder, of the Surrey and Sussex roads policing unit, said: "Throughout this campaign, we have actively engaged with hundreds of motorists to spread the message that we are here to keep everyone as safe as possible on our roads.

"Drink and drug driving destroys lives. Yet despite our repeated warnings, we continue to make arrests on a daily basis. We will continue to carry proactive patrols in marked vehicles, and will respond to any reports of people driving under the influence."

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In comparison to the large number made this summer, just 83 arrests were made in the 2020 summer crackdown and a further 212 were made during the Christmas 2020 operation.

People in Sussex can text officers on 65999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug driving or visit the Operation Crackdown website: www.operationcrackdown.org