Drink/drug drivers targeted

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IN THE fourth and final enforcement period of this year’s national Festive Drink/Drug Driving Campaign, 15 drivers were arrested for drink driving offences in Tayside between Monday, December 24 and Thursday, January 3.

Three women and 12 men, aged between 20 and 67 years old were detected committing these offences. Six of whom were traced as a direct result of contact being made with police by concerned members of our communities, whose safety was placed at risk by these drivers irresponsible actions. Out of the 15 offenders, six drivers had been involved in road traffic collisions - fortunately no-one was seriously injured.

In Angus, a 20-year-old man driving a forklift under the influence of alcohol was traced by officers on the B9128 Forfar to Quilko Road at about 3.30 a.m. on Hogmanay (December 31). He subsequently provided a reading of 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - more than twice the legal limit, and had taken the fork lift from his employer’s yard without permission, claiming that he could not get a taxi home. He appeared from custody at Forfar Sheriff Court and was fined £350 and was disqualified for 15 months.

In addition to offences concerning drink and drug driving, Tayside Police have continued to focus on other offences related to road safety during the campaign. In the last 10-day period, 43 drivers and 5 passengers were reported for seat belt offences, eight drivers were reported for mobile phone offences and 179 drivers were detected speeding, with 113 drivers doing so in a built up area and 66 on the open road.

During the four weeks of this year’s campaign, there were a total of 40 drink/drug drivers detected, consisting of 37 drink and 3 drug related offences. Overall this is a slight reduction when compared with last year’s figure of 43 similar offences.

Concerned members of the public alerted police to 17 drivers who were found committing drink or drug driving offences and 10 drivers were found to be over the legal alcohol limit as a result of having been involved in a road traffic collision. The remaining offenders were detected when stopped by the police on routine patrol, for a variety of reasons such as their manner of driving or minor vehicle defects.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, Head of Road Policing said: “Once again, I cannot thank the responsible members of our communities within Tayside for their excellent support of our efforts during this campaign.”