Public support for drink/drug campaign

TWO DRIVERS, both men, were arrested and reported for drink driving offences during the second week of the Festive drink/drugs campaign.

Overall this is a decrease of almost 40 per cent on the numbers arrested during the second week of last year’s campaign when a total of four drivers were arrested for drink driving and one was arrested for driving whilst impaired by drugs. Yet again the public have been instrumental in these detections by providing the police with information, with one of the detections directly attributable to a call from member of the public.

Both of these drivers now face the possibility of having their vehicle forfeited and were aged between 26 and 55 years. None of the drivers detected had been involved in a Road Traffic Collisions.

In addition, Tayside Police have continued to focus on other offences related to road safety with 28 drivers reported for seat belt offences, 21 drivers for mobile phone offences and 92 drivers for speeding.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing, stated: “The public support for this campaign has again been outstanding and with the reduction in offenders detected this week we can only hope that those tempted to get behind the wheel of their vehicles whilst impaired by drink or drugs, have thought better off it. Working together we can rid our road of these selfish individuals who are not only willing to risk their lives but our lives for the sake of having a drink.

“I again take the opportunity to urge everyone to continue providing the Police with information so that we can detect drink and drug drivers and place them before the courts at the earliest opportunity.”

He continued: “I would also like to thank all the drivers who have heeded our advice and left their cars at home. The majority of drivers who have enjoyed their night out without the risk of danger.”

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.