Reduction in number of drink/drug drivers

A 30-YEAR-OLD man involved in a road traffic collision was found to be around twice the legal limit when stopped by Tayside Police officers.

In this, the second week of this year’s national festive drink/drugs drive campaign, he was one of nine drivers who were arrested for drink/drug driving offences in the region.

Overall the numbers detected during the first two weeks of this year’s campaign show a reduction of four on the first two weeks of the campaign last year.

The public have again demonstrated their continued support by informing the police about individuals they suspect of drink/drug driving. Their calls have so far resulted in almost 39 per cent of the detections.

More than 75 per cent of the drivers detected were aged between 26 and 55 years of age. Three of those were involved in road traffic collisions. They included the 30-year-old man who was found to be twice the legal limit, a 56-year-old man who was taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary with minor injuries and another driver who failed to provide a breath specimen and now faces the possibility of having his vehicle seized and ultimately forfeited.

Likewise a 51-year-old driver who was detected following information from a member of the public and failed to provide an breath specimen will face the possibility of losing his vehicle.

A 56-year-old male traced on the Aberdeen to Dundee road by officers who were concerned with regard to his manner of driving, was found to be unfit through drugs.

During the second week of the campaign, Tayside Police also continued to focus on other offences related to road safety.

Sixty-two drivers and six passengers have been reported for seat belt offences, as well as 45 drivers for mobile ‘phone offences.

In addition 102 drivers were detected speeding throughout the Tayside area.

A further seven vehicles were seized as a result of drivers not having either insurance or a driving licence

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing said: “Once again I have to extend my thanks to the public who have been instrumental in the police detecting a significant number of drink and drug drivers.

“This continued support is indicative of the contempt in which they view these selfish individuals who are prepared to drink or take drugs then drive. Tayside Police will seize every opportunity to detect these drivers and the support of the community is invaluable in this regard. For that support we are extremely grateful.

“It is encouraging that the number of drink and drug drivers who have been detected has fallen over the corresponding period during last years campaign, but we must not be complacent.

“I appeal to everyone in the community to continue to call us whenever they suspect someone of being a drink or drug driver. With everyone’s support Tayside Police will continue to detect those drivers who are irresponsible enough to take a risk.”

He concluded: “Drivers should always be mindful of the impact alcohol and drugs, including prescription drugs, can have on their ability to drive. If in any doubt whatsoever, leave the car at home - don’t risk it. Not only is your driving licence at stake you are risking the lives of others as well as yourself.”

If any member of the public wishes to report a drink/drug driver they should call Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222. Alternatively, information can be passed anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.