Digging a big hole

A 29-year-old man has been arrested in Loughborough after being stopped while driving a JCB traction unit on a road.

He was arrested at the scene after being found to be over the legal drink-drive limit.

A total of 60 drivers have been arrested since the Sober and Motoring (SAM) campaign began on June 1.

Inspector Vivienne Brenchley, of the Roads Policing Unit at Leicestershire Constabulary, said: “If you are driving any motorised vehicle, it is best that you are unimpaired by any alcohol or substance whatsoever.”

“We’re hoping that the message is getting through to people. Officers will be patrolling 24-7 to rid the roads of drink-drivers.”

At Sober and Motoring (SAM) campaign participating bars, all in Leicester, designated drivers will be entitled to a free soft drink for every two alcoholic drinks bought for their friends.

They will be given a SAM wrist band when they show their car keys to bar staff.

It is hoped that this initiative will encourage more groups of people to look after each other and plan to get home safely by deciding on a designated driver.

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