Police launch road safety campaign

Tayside Police, along with all other Scottish Forces, is taking part in the annual Summer Safety Drink/Drug Driving campaign which got underway on Monday (June 4).

The two-week campaign, which also targets speeding, seatbelt and mobile phone offences, runs until Monday, June 18.

The aim of the initiative is to reduce the number of road traffic collisions and associated injuries on Tayside’s roads by reducing the number of drink or drug drivers, educating road users and enforcing road traffic legislation.

Tayside Police continually operate a robust policy in respect of drink and/or drug drivers and this year’s summer campaign provides a further opportunity to demonstrate the force’s commitment to road safety.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, Head of Road Policing, said: “Our commitment to dealing with drink/drug drivers lasts throughout the year. This specific campaign, although only covering a period of two weeks, provides the police with another opportunity to remind the public of the dangers of driving under the influence or drink and/or drugs.

“Already this year, we have had some good spells of weather which have resulted in impromptu social events with friends and family.

“Events, such as barbecues or larger more organised events, outside entertainment events, concerts, the ongoing Queens Jubilee celebrations, and sporting events, for example, are all fantastic occasions to socialise in relaxed surroundings and many people will take the opportunity to have some alcoholic drinks.

“It is important to remember that the measures of alcoholic drinks consumed at social events can be significantly more than pub measures. Unfortunately, people can get caught up in the moment and unintentionally or otherwise over-indulge in alcohol. Whatever the occasion, as responsible individuals, we all have a duty to consider the amount of alcohol we consume if we intend on driving.

“It is worth bearing in mind that even if you make alternative arrangements to get home after an event, you could be over the limit the next day, depending upon the amount you have had to drink. The effects of alcohol do not wear off immediately and drivers must be aware of this if they intend driving the following morning. Make sure you do not get caught out. We would also ask motorists to consider the effects that other substances may have on their ability to drive. Whilst the dangers of illicit drugs are very much apparent, the impact of over the counter and prescribed medication should not be overlooked.”