A Brighton man has been banned from the road after being caught drink driving on the seafront because he didn’t have his lights on.
Daniel Jaworski was one of four drink drivers caught without lights within a few hours of each other. All four have been disqualified from driving by the courts.
Sussex Police said: “Police were left in the dark as to why several motorists were seen driving at night without any lights on – until they each failed a roadside breath test.
“Officers on patrol across Sussex spotted four separate vehicles travelling at night, without lights, in the space of just five hours. The incidents occurred in Eastbourne, Crawley, Brighton and Lower Beeding.
“Having since appeared before magistrates, each of the motorists have been disqualified from driving for a period of at least 18 months.
“The arrests were made as part of Operation Dragonfly, Surrey and Sussex Police’s summer crackdown on drink and drug drivers.
Jaworski, 21, a driver, of Findon Road, Brighton, was arrested in Madeira Drive, Brighton, shortly before 3am on Sunday 10 July.
He was charged with driving with 66 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of his breath – almost double the legal limit of 35 micrograms.
He pleaded guilty at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday 25 July and was disqualified from driving for 18 months. He was also ordered to pay a £300 fine, £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.
Sergeant Phil Badman, of the Surrey and Sussex Police Roads Policing Unit, said: “It goes without saying that being under the influence of drink or drugs can seriously impair your ability to drive.
“Typically, your reaction times are dramatically reduced and the effects of your lack of judgment could easily lead to a collision.
“Worryingly, the motorists convicted in these cases were unable to operate even the most basic of facilities in their vehicles, which in turn brought them to the attention of police.
“It demonstrates that no matter how capable you think you are of driving with drink or drugs in your system, the chances are you are in no fit state to get behind the wheel.
“It also shows that we continue to stop vehicles throughout the year – not just during dedicated drink or drug driving campaigns – for a number of reasons.
“Our advice, as always, is never to drive while under the influence. The consequences can be devastating and it’s simply not worth the risk.”