3 drink-driving suspects arrested after 3 crashes on M1

Three drivers were arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit after they were involved in three separate collisions on the M1 in Leicestershire.

The drivers were detained at the scenes of the crashes, which happened within the space of 12 hours, according to Leicestershire Police’s roads policing unit (RPU).

Officers claimed all three failed breath tests, and that at least two of them were more than twice the legal alcohol limit of 35mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath.

The suspects were taken into custody following the collisions, which happened last night and in the early hours of today.

Initially, the RPU tweeted: “In the last 8 hours the RPU have arrested 2 drivers after collisions on the M1 where the drivers had been drinking.

“The highest reading being 74mg of alcohol per 100ml of breath – legal limit 35.”

Some time later, the team added: “Another RTC on the M1 with another drink driver.

“That’s three in the space of 12 hours. This driver blew 73mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath, again just over twice the legal limit.”

Anyone convicted of drink-driving faces a mandatory minimum driving ban of 12 months, as well as financial penalties.

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Earlier this week, road safety officials told LeicestershireLive the number of people arrested for drink or drug driving this year was on course to pass last year’s total – despite the coronavirus lockdown closing pubs and there being less traffic on the roads.

Figures collated by the Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland Road Safety Partnership show that during the first sixth months of this year Leicestershire Police made 633 roadside arrests, which led to 436 drivers being detained for drink driving, 159 for drug driving and 38 who failed to provide a sample.

Last year in total there were 1,237 arrests, 950 for drink driving, 216 for drug driving and 71 failing to provide a sample.

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