Tough measures against drink and drug driving

POLICE will carry out static daily road checks morning, noon and night across the Northern Constabulary area as part of this year’s ACPOS Festive Safety Campaign to crack down on drink and drug drivers.

In the four week nationally co-ordinated campaign, with other Scottish police force areas also taking part, officers from the Force’s Road Policing Unit will join local officers in pro-actively targeting those who continue to ignore the warnings about drink and driving. Those who are caught also risk being locked up and kept in police cells until they appear in court.

And as well as receiving a criminal record, a substantial final and an automatic 12 month ban, these drivers may not have their vehicle seized and on conviction, have it take away for sale or destruction.

Head of the Force’s Road Policing Unit, Inspector Derek Paterson, said: “The figures show that approximately one in seven deaths in Scottish roads involve drivers who are over the legal limit.

“I would therefore ask members of the public to report those who drive under the influence of drink or drugs irrespective of whether they are family, friends or work colleagues.”

Inspector Paterson continued that the vehicle forfeiture initiative came in during the 2009 festive safety campaign, and under its guidance, on driver conviction, the vehicle is forfeited to be sold or destroyed.

“The scheme has been extended this year to include any first time offender found to be three times the drink drive limit or more and those who refuse to provide a specimen for analysis without reasonable excuse,” he added.