One in eight drivers stopped fail drink or drugs test

One in eight drivers stopped during a week-long road safety campaign were over the alcohol or drug limit.

The week-long initiative was launched by Lancashire Constabulary at the end of November, with 406 tests carried out and 51 arrests made.

This included a woman driving at speed with a 10-month-old baby in the car, who was then found to be nearly twice the legal limit for alcohol. Another driver was stopped in Preston after being witnessed drinking beer behind the wheel and then tested positive for cannabis as well, while a third driver failed a drug wipe for cocaine after he was arrested twice in two days for impaired driving.

The Lancashire Constabulary said: “It goes without saying that they’re the lucky ones – because they weren’t killed, seriously injured or left responsible for an innocent bystander being killed or seriously injured.

“Drivers risk up to six months’ imprisonment, an unlimited fine and a substantial driving ban if they are caught driving while above the legal limit. Anyone who causes a death while drink or drug driving faces up to 14 years’ imprisonment.”