HAILSHAM: ‘Morning after’ drivers warned

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HAILSHAM drivers have been warned not to drive if they’re still over the limit from the night before.

Sussex Police has issued a statement to remind drivers they can still be over the drink drive limit the following morning.

This follows a court case in which a woman lost her licence after she was breathalysed after a smash in Hellingly.

She was found to be nearly twice the limit the morning after an evening during which she had been drinking.

At 6.20am on June 20 Sussex Police Road Policing officers went to the scene of the accident on the A267 at Hellingly.

The driver, Anna Holdway, 23, of Cuckoo Drive, Heathfield, lost control of her car and collided with a road sign but was unhurt.

Holdway was arrested and charged with drink driving.

She later pleaded guilty at Eastbourne Magistrates Court and was disqualified from driving for 17 months, fined £150, and required to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs.

She was offered a small reduction in her disqualification if she successfully completes a rehabilitation course.

Sergeant Dan Pitcher of the Sussex Road Policing Unit at Polegate said, “This incident reinforces the drink drive message. Miss Holdway had been drinking the night before.

“She woke up in the morning and considered herself fit to drive but this was clearly not the case.

“Alcohol stays in the body for some considerable time and even if you feel fit to drive you must ask yourself the question, is it worth losing your driving licence for?”