DRIVERS in the Highlands and Islands are being urged not to spoil the party this summer by getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
This week sees the beginning of a two week campaign focusing on drink and drug driving and is being co-ordinated by ACPOS (Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland).
Laura Fisher, Road Safety Officer, said: “During last summer’s campaign 25 people were detected during the fortnight long campaign. That figure is completely unacceptable and it is worth remembering that many of those people will still be serving a driving ban this summer.
“Whether it’s enjoying one of the many events over the summer or just a picnic or barbecue at home, we should all be aware that drink and drug diving puts lives at risk.”
This summer is packed with major events like the Queen’s Jubilee, Olympic Games and European Football Championships and police are keen for people to enjoy every moment while not putting themselves and other in danger while impaired through drink or drugs.
The Highlands and Islands also sees one of the busiest periods on the roads for some time, beginning at the end of this week with the Olympic Torch relay, Rockness, The Curtis Cup golf in Nairn and the World Mountain Bike Championships in Fort William.
As in previous campaigns to crack down on drink and drug driving, Northern Constabulary officers will use every means at their disposal over the next two weeks to detect drivers who choose to flout the law.
Officer Fisher added: “Drink or drug driving is completely selfish behaviour and with the numerous warnings we issue to drivers there really is no excuse.
“Those who are caught risk losing their licence and if they are a repeat offender or give a high reading they could lose their vehicle.
We must all work together to reduce the risk and I would ask anyone with information about a drink or drug driver to contact the police or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 where they can remain anonymous.”