Public thanked for festive support

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A FURTHER 15 motorists were arrested for drink driving offences in the final week of Tayside Police’s festive drink/drug driving campaign.

In the last week, which ran from December 24 until last Thursday, three women and 12 men aged between 20 and 67-years-old were detected committing these offences.

Six of whom were traced as a direct result of contact being made with police by concerned members of our communities, whose safety was placed at risk by these drivers irresponsible actions.

In one instance on New Year’s Day, Tayside Police were contacted by a member of the public who had concerns that a driver was under the influence of alcohol in Broughty Ferry.

Officers stopped the vehicle at 2.45 p.m. in Castle Approach, and the driver was found to be more than three times the legal limit.

It was also established that the vehicle had been driven without insurance and it was seized under road traffic legislation.

The driver then appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court last Thursday and he was fined £550 and was disqualified for 18 months.

In addition to offences concerning drink and drug driving, Tayside Police have continued to focus on other offences related to road safety during the campaign.

In the last 10-day period, 43 drivers and five passengers were reported for seat belt offences, eight drivers were reported for mobile phone offences and 179 drivers were detected speeding, with 113 drivers doing so in a built up area and 66 on the open road.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing said: “Once again, I cannot thank the responsible members of our communities within Tayside for their excellent support of our efforts during this campaign.

“Throughout this period, their contribution has resulted in a large number of detections for drink or drug driving and I thank them for their assistance in making the roads of Tayside safer. 

“Of those drivers we arrested, some have already appeared at court and have received fines ranging from £300 to £750 and have been disqualified from driving for the minimum period of 12 months and up to three years. 

“Whilst this specific national campaign is now concluded, that certainly does not mean that our enforcement will be in any way diminished, as all of our officers are constantly on the lookout for potential drink/drug drivers and other road traffic offences.

“The message that we continually promote is consistent. If you need to drive a vehicle, do not take drink or drugs. Don’t Risk It!

“If any member of the public wishes to report a drink/drug driver then please call Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency, call 999.”