Drink driving campaign arrests

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A TOTAL of 12 drivers, one female and eleven males, were arrested for drink/drug driving offences during the third week of this year’s festive drink/drugs drive campaign.

The law abiding public who have genuine concerns about road safety have again demonstrated their continued support by contacting the police about individuals they suspect of drink/drug driving. Their calls directly resulted in the detection of five of the 12 drivers who have spent time in the cells and will now have to face the full consequences of their behaviour.

In Dundee, as a direct result of reports received from other concerned motorists regarding the manner of their driving, a 40 year old man was found to be over two times the limit.

Fifty per cent of the drivers detected have been under 25 years of age. One of those, a 20 year old male from Perth, was detected having been involved in a road traffic collision and was found to be over three times the legal limit.

The oldest offender was 78 years of age who was stopped driving with no lights on and was subsequently found to be almost twice the legal limit.

A 22-year-old Dundee man was found to be over two times the limit and was also a repeat drink driving offender. As a consequence of this an order for forfeiture of his vehicle has been made.

During the third week of the campaign, Tayside Police have continued to give attention to other offences directly related to road safety.

Forty nine drivers and seven passengers were detected for seat belt offences along with one child who was found not to be properly restrained. Fifty two drivers were reported for mobile ‘phone offences. As a result of driving without either insurance or a driving licence a further four drivers had their vehicles seized.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing, stated: “Some of these drivers have been detected with high readings so that they must have known that they would be well over the limit. Despite this they have taken a conscious decision to get behind the wheel of a car.

“To most people that is utterly incomprehensible and this is borne out by the fact that we continue to receive reports from concerned members of the public regarding such irresponsible behaviour.

“While these drivers appear to have a total disregard for their own or other people’s safety, thankfully others do share our concerns and by working together we can remove them from the road. I would re-emphasise that we all have a part to play in making the roads safe for ourselves and our families and I encourage the public to continue with the level of support they have provided so far.”

He continued: “It is evident that the drivers we have detected were prepared to take the risk probably thinking the chances of being caught were slim. They have found out to their cost that they were very wrong and will now have to deal with all that a drink/drug driving conviction means. Indeed one driver will potentially have his car forfeited by the courts. .

“Don’t let this happen to you and do not take the risk. The safety message is quite simple, If you are going to drive the best option is to leave alcohol well alone.

“New Year celebrations involve many social gatherings and parties and you may be very sensible and make appropriate transport arrangements if you intend to have drinks. It is important to stress that such responsible behaviour also needs to apply to the following day and you really have to think about what you are intending to do the morning after.

“You cannot expect to consume alcohol late at night or into the early hours and be fully fit to drive that morning. Please remember that your ability to drive legally might still be in doubt for some time the following day. If there is even the slightest chance you may be over the limit, don’t get behind the wheel, leave the car at home - don’t risk it. Not only is your driving licence at stake, but you are also risking the lives of others as well as yourself.”

If any member of the public wishes to report a drink/drug driver then please call Tayside Police on 033 111 2222 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.