Reduction in drink drivers detected

A TOTAL of 15 drivers were arrested for drink/drug driving offences in Tayside during the third week of this year’s national festive drink/drugs drive campaign.

In Tayside, there has been an overall reduction of three detections compared with the same period of last year’s campaign. Of drivers detected during week three of the campaign 80 per cent were between 26 and 55 years of age.

Four of those detected in the third week were women, 11 were men.

Of concern to the police was the fact that five drivers were found to be about three times or more over the legal limit to drive. Two of those were women.

Not only should they have been aware of the very real dangers associated with driving while having ridiculously high levels of alcohol in their bodies, they have all risked the possibility of having their vehicles seized and ultimately forfeited by the courts.

Concerned members of the public have once again demonstrated their continued support for our efforts by telling the police about drivers they suspect of drink/drug driving. Such calls have so far resulted in over 42 per cent of the detections during the campaign.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing, said: “The number of drink drivers that we are detecting as a result of information from the public is absolutely magnificent and I cannot stress enough how grateful we are for that. Two of these reports have resulted in drivers being found to be more than three times the legal limit of 35 micrograms.

“For these drivers to get behind the wheel of a vehicle and drive is completely irresponsible. The potential consequences, had they not been caught, really do not bear thinking about.

“The law abiding members of our communities will be absolutely horrified to learn there are still far too many people who live among us in our cities, towns and villages who are prepared to consume alcohol or drugs to this extreme and then drive, placing us all at considerable risk.”

He went on: “The contribution the public make towards Tayside Police detecting these individuals cannot be underestimated and we shall continue to do all that we can to place these thoughtless and selfish people before the courts at the first opportunity.

“While it is encouraging to note that the number of drink and drug drivers detected since the start of this year’s campaign has shown a slight decrease from last year, there are still far too many drivers continuing to drink and drive.

“We must ensure that the message gets through to these people. The risk is simply too great and we will be out there to get you.”

Chief Inspector Bowman also offered a reminder about the dangers of driving the morning after the night before.

He said: “You might have been very responsible whilst enjoying the festivities, however the effects, either directly or indirectly can have a significant impact on your ability to drive lawfully or safely the next morning.

“If you are in any doubt whatsoever do not get behind the wheel. Leave the car at home. If you choose to drive, you will not only put your driving licence at stake, you will risk the lives of others, as well as yourself - Don’t Risk It.”

Anyone wishing to report a drink/drug driver should call Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or pass information anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, call 999.