Drink/drug driving campaign launched

Tayside Police along with all other Scottish Forces have launched this year’s Festive Drink/Drug Driving Campaign and every effort will be made by officers throughout the Force to detect these irresponsible drivers and to have them appear before the courts at the earliest opportunity.

Whilst you may be fortunate and not be involved in a collision or injure someone else as a result of your actions, the impact of being caught drink or drug driving can still have an enormous affect on the individual and their extended family.

Upon conviction you will receive a monetary fine and lose your driving licence. In some circumstances you can have your car forfeited.

Losing your driving licence and perhaps your vehicle will have a major impact on your employment prospects and your life.

The family vehicle can be the most convenient, if not essential, method of transport.

An individual’s personal lifestyle and that of their family, will be radically changed with many routine journeys such as driving to the shops or dropping the children off at school, for example, being no longer lawfully possible.

The introduction of the Vehicle Forfeiture Initiative in 2009, serves as a further deterrent to some individuals.

This allows the Courts to order the seizure and forfeiture of a drink/drug driver’s vehicle when either: They have a previous conviction within the last 5 years for a drink or drug driving related offence or have a pending case of a similar nature; or anyone who refuses to provide a breath, blood or urine sample at the police station.

In addition anyone who is found to be three times or more over the limit may also face the prospect of having their vehicle forfeited.

Drink or drug drivers who fall into these categories will be kept in custody to appear at court on the first lawful day after their arrest and this could include the extended weekend and holiday period.

Anyone who wishes to report a drink or drug driver is urged to contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222 or in an emergency dial 999.

Alternatively information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.