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Driver arrested for drug-driving after hitting elderly man

Egremont's Main Street outside the Co-Op store Credit: Google maps

A van driver has been arrested on suspicion of drug driving after an elderly man was knocked over in Egremont.

It happened on Egremont's Main Street outside the Co-Op store at 7am on Saturday 24 March.

The 78-year-old man suffered serious injuries and remains in a stable condition at the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle.

The van driver, a 27-year-old man from St Helens, Merseyside, has been released under further investigation.

Dumfries Police patrol streets for drivers under drug or alcohol influence

Police Scotland say road users are at a highest risk of being killed or injured because of drunk or drugged drivers at this time of the year Credit: Nithsdale Police

Police Scotland have started a week-long drink and drug driving campaign.

Police will be patrolling roads, stopping suspicious drivers to make them use a breathalyser.

They say it reflects the time of the year when statistics show Scotland's road users are at a their highest risk of being killed or injured because a driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

As we head towards summer there are many additional social events for people to attend, such as barbecues with family and friends or larger organised events such as town shows or village galas.

Whatever the occasion, as responsible individuals, we all have a duty to consider the amount of alcohol we consume if we intend on driving. It is important to remember that the measures of alcoholic drinks consumed at social events can be significantly more than pub measures.

Drivers must consider that even if you make alternative arrangements to get home after an event, you could be over the limit the next day, depending upon the amount you have had to drink. The effects of alcohol do not wear off immediately and drivers must be aware of this if they intend driving the following morning. Make sure you do not get caught out.

– CHIEF SUPERINTENDENT ANDY EDMONSTON, HEAD OF ROAD POLICING

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Police campaign targets drink and drug drivers

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Cumbria Constabulary will be targeting those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs this month using new legislation.

As part of its annual summer campaign, it will use new drug tests that place legal limits on eight illegal drugs and eight medicinal drugs.

Police will enforce the new laws with roadside saliva-testing kits followed by blood and urine tests at a station.

Any amount of alcohol or drugs can affect a motorist's ability to drive safely. Our advice to all motorists is that if you're planning on driving a vehicle do not drink any alcohol or take drugs. Different amounts of alcohol or drugs can have different effects due to a wide range of variables."

– Sergeant Paul Brown

Last year's campaign saw 1,587 breath tests conducted, and 66 people subsequently arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.