AT LAST summer is here!
But just go easy on the ice lollies, they could get you BANNED from driving.
Many food companies now manufacturer and sell alcoholic ice lollies and they can be a refreshing treat on a hot summers day.
Indulging yourself with these treats and then getting behind the wheel of a car could see you land yourself some hefty charges.
Eating too many of these ice lollies could put your over the drink driving limit.
The punishments for drink driving include up to three months’ imprisonment, up to £2500 fine or a possible driving ban.
Traffic officers in the North East have now issued the advice as gin and tonic, prosecco and peach bellini lollies are becoming more popular as the weather improves.
The officers revealed that the ice lollies have an alcohol content of around 4.5 per cent – which is the same as a strong lager.
Police officers are worried that motorists could be lulled into a false sense of security as the alcohol is in frozen form.
Acting Inspector Harry Simpson, from the Cleveland and Durham Operations Unit, said: “These lollies are becoming really popular and it’s easy to forget that they contain alcohol and aren’t just flavouring.
“On a hot summer’s day it is easy to lose count of how many you have, and then get behind the wheel of a car.
“If you wouldn’t consider drinking a gin and tonic or cocktail when driving, then you shouldn’t consider having one of these lollies.”