Drivers fail to heed don’t drink and drive message

DURING the second and final week of this year’s national Summer Safety Campaign, Tayside Police detected a further 17 drivers who were over the legal limit to drive.

This is in addition to the six drivers who were detected as being over the legal limit in the first week.

Once again, police were grateful for the excellent continued support of the public for the campaign. As with last week, approximately half of the drivers detected were as a result of calls from members of the public who were concerned about the way individuals were driving, or that they intended to get behind a wheel after drinking alcohol.

Of the 17 drivers, 14 were men and three were women.

In addition, a man in his 50s was found to be impaired through drugs after being reported by a concerned citizen. This is in addition to two men (also in their 50s) who were found to be impaired through drugs in the campaign’s first week.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing in Tayside, said: “The numbers of drivers detected during the second week of the campaign makes it abundantly clear that there can be no let up in the quest to rid Tayside’s roads of those selfish drivers who are prepared to drive under the influence of either drink or drugs.

“We will not tolerate their behaviour and neither will the law-abiding public, judging by the level of support that we have received from the community. Our shared concerns will see us continue to work together in identifying and detecting those irresponsible drivers who harbour the potential to cause heartbreak and misery on our roads.”

On Saturday, Tayside Police received information which led to a 32-year-old man being detected at more than three times the legal limit. A 14-year-old boy was a passenger in the car at the time.

On the same day, a 61-year-old man who was involved in a collision was found to be almost four times the legal limit to drive.

Chief Inspector Bowman went on: “Either of these incidents could so easily have led to devastation. A driver’s ability to anticipate and react to hazards is significantly reduced when so much alcohol is consumed.

“This campaign is now at an end, but Tayside Police efforts will not diminish. Our officers will continue to take every opportunity to detect drink/drug drivers. Drivers should remember that they do not have to be involved in a collision to be required to provide a breath test. Don’t Risk It!

“If you suspect a drink or drug driver, please contact us on 0300 111 2222, or contact the Crimestoppers number in complete confidence on 0800 555 111 at any time. If it is an emergency – call 999.”

Also, during the second week of the campaign Tayside Police continued to provide education and enforcement to road users. Furthermore, officers detected 75 drivers and eight passengers - including a child - who had failed to wear a seatbelt.

A total of 35 drivers were detected using a mobile ‘phone while driving and in excess of 180 speeding offences were also detected during the course of the week across Tayside.

A total of 17 vehicles were seized for being driven with no valid insurance or driving licence.