Police issue drink driving reminder to motorists ahead of New Year

Lothian and Borders had the worst increase in drink drivers caught over the festive season in comparison with the rest of Scotland.'Pictured is Superintendent Colin McNeil of the Traffic Police, outside Fettes Headquarters with a breathalyser.

Lothian and Borders had the worst increase in drink drivers caught over the festive season in comparison with the rest of Scotland.'Pictured is Superintendent Colin McNeil of the Traffic Police, outside Fettes Headquarters with a breathalyser.

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The weekend before Christmas is always a busy time for policing and 2014 has seen the tradition continue.

Chief Inspector Gordon Milne, Local Area Commander for Angus revealed that 29 people were arrested or detained by police in Angus in connection with a range of crimes and offences.

He said: “Six people have been brought into the cells in connection with domestic violence incidents. One individual was arrested minutes after he left his home in possession of a knife. I would remind the public that domestic violence will not be tolerated and victims are encouraged to have the confidence to come forward and report it.

“I also send a warning out to those involved in drug offending, there will be no let-up - during this weekend a further two individuals were taken into custody for drug trafficking offences and anyone with information about suspicious activity in their area should contact us.”

Chief Inspector Milne, also issued a stark reminder to motorists travelling in the Angus area, commenting: “With the party season well underway, what is of particular concern, are the three people who were caught drinking and driving over the weekend.

“One driver was found to be just over the new limit whilst the other two motorists were both more than four times over the limit.

“Despite the publicity and warnings issued since the drink driving limit was reduced, it is hard to believe anybody would take such a risk.

“Getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking is not only irresponsible and dangerous, it’s criminal, it’s selfish and it has to stop.

“During the holidays and celebrations, Angus police officers will be out and about throughout the festive season doing their best to stop behaviour such as this.”

Anyone who has any concerns, or wishes to report an incident, should contact Police Scotland on 101.

In an emergency ‘phone 999.