Motorists are being urged to 'stay onside' as police warn of a zero tolerance policy towards drink driving during the World Cup.

The Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit will be on high alert for drivers under the influence of drink or drugs during the tournament which runs until July 15 - and no excuses will be accepted.

Chief Inspector Warren Franklin, of the Surrey and Sussex Roads Policing Unit, said: “The number of football fans drinking in pubs and bars or at home will naturally increase, and that’s fine. What’s not fine is driving when you’re over the limit.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s ‘only’ a short drive home or you’ve ‘only’ had a couple – we’ve heard every excuse in the book, but ultimately there is no acceptable excuse to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs. You may not realise it but these substances can seriously impair your ability to drive, placing yourself and other road users at significant risk.

“By all means enjoy yourself and take in the atmosphere of the World Cup but don’t let it compromise the safety of you or anyone else on the roads.”

Targeted patrols and static stop checks will be ongoing.

Offenders face a minimum 12 month ban, unlimited fines - even prison, which could affect future employment prospects or travel to countries like the USA.

People in Surrey can phone 999 with the details of people they suspect of drink or drug-driving.

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or report to it online on www.crimestoppers-uk.org