1 in 8 drivers over alcohol or drug limit, finds road safety campaign

A CHRISTMAS road safety campaign found one in eight drivers were sozzled or high in its first week.

Police launching a clampdown stopped and tested 406 — arresting 51 under the influence of drink or drugs.

Police made more than 50 arrests after testing drivers who were over the limit

Police made more than 50 arrests after testing drivers who were over the limitCredit: Getty

They included a woman twice the alcohol limit who had a ten-month-old baby in her car.

One driver was swigging lager from a can.

Another was arrested twice in two days for impaired driving and had taken cocaine.

Lancashire Police said: “It goes without saying that those arrested are the lucky ones — because they weren’t killed, seriously injured or left responsible for an innocent bystander being killed or injured.”

Anyone who causes a death while drink or drug driving faces up to 14 years in jail.

Being caught over the limit risks up to six months in jail.

Police and Crime Commissioner Andrew Snowden added: “The life-changing impacts of drink or drug-driving are simply not worth getting behind the wheel.

“This intensification at Christmas builds on our proactive work to tackle this type of reckless behaviour all year round.”

Police have warned drivers not to get behind the wheel after having a drink

Police have warned drivers not to get behind the wheel after having a drinkCredit: Getty