A drink-driver who knocked down and killed a cyclist has been jailed for six years. Samuel Kirk, 26, crossed double white lines to overtake a car on the A29 at Codmore Hill near Pulborough and hit Jennifer Hossack who was on the other side of the road.
Miss Hossack, 27, from Kingsfold, died of her injuries. Kirk, of no fixed address, was already disqualified from driving and had been drinking when he got behind the wheel and struck Miss Hossack.
He appeared at Lewes Crown Court where he was convicted of causing death by dangerous driving and was jailed for six years.
There is an increase in the number of drink drivers being caught in Hampshire.
Latest figures show an increase of 21% in the numbers of people being arrested for drink or drug driving.
75 people have been charged so far which is an increase of 39% at the same time last year.
Police got a surprise in the mail - a thank you note from a motorist they had arrested and charged with drink-driving.
The woman motorist took the unusual step of thanking Surrey Police's traffic officers who pulled her over after a drinking session.
The motorist, aged in her late 20s, was caught behind the wheel whilst over the drink-drive limit in Tadworth.
She was arrested on December 1 and taken to a police station where she was later charged.
Today the woman penned her thanks to the officers for their caring manner after arresting her.
She said: "I was scared but they looked after me and were really caring."
Inspector Richard Mallett, from the force's Road Policing Unit, said: "It's not every day Surrey Police gets a thank you message from someone arrested for drink-driving."
Dorset Police are launching their annual anti- drink drive campaign. Throughout the initiative there will be an increase in traffic patrols and roadside checks.
More drivers are being caught over the limit the morning after. A new survey has found that out of the police forces which responded, Thames Valley Police caught the most drink drivers in 2011 to 2012.
The force also recorded the highest number of drink drivers for this year up to November with 2095.
Nationally the number of people arrested for drink-driving between 6am and 8am rose nearly4% between 2011 and 2012
52 year-old Robert Massie from Pulborough has been jailed after he was caught drink driving. Sussex Police officers stopped the car on the A29 London Road on Tuesday. The breathalyser test showed he was four times over the legal limit.
Robert Massie has been sentenced to 17 weeks in prison and banned from driving for five years.
A road safety charity is urging the public to stop drink driving this summer after figures have risen across our region in the heatwave.
5,170 of the 100,892 drivers breathalysed in the month-long crackdown failed the test.
The UK drink drive limit is 80mg alcohol per 100ml blood which is the highest in Europe.
Road safety charity Brake is urging people to be vigilant about all forms of drink driving as drink drive casualties normally peak over the summer.
The charity is asking people to never drive after drinking any amount of alcohol and to speak out about drink driving.
VIDEO: Warning from AA president Edmund King.
Thames Valley Police say they have already arrested 156 people on suspicion of drink driving since the launch of their summer anti-drink drive campaign two weeks ago.
The Force says that is 11 per cent more than during the same period last year. Meanwhile Sussex Police say 82 people have already failed a breath test this month. Officers say it is worrying that people are still making the wrong choices.
Police in Sussex who set up a roadside check on the first day of the summer drink drive campaign arrested the first motorist they stopped.
The 35-year-old man from Lewes was arrested on suspicion of driving with excess alcohol when he was stopped in Brighton, at 8.15am on Saturday, 1st June 2013.
Sussex Police is appealing to the public to report suspected drunk drivers by calling 101 or texting 65999 with as many details as you can. If the offence is taking place there and then, people are encouraged to dial 999 immediately.