Police say falling number of drink drivers is not good enough

The second week of the ACPOS Festive Safety Campaign, which focuses on detecting and deterring driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, has seen a significant drop in numbers detected committing such an offence, but Northern Constabulary say it is “still too many”.

The second week has seen five people reported for drink driving offences across the Northern Constabulary Force area, which is a significant drop on the thirteen detected last week. In week two, no one was detected driving under the influence of drugs.

All five of the detected drink drivers were male, the youngest being 18 years-old and who also had the highest blood-alcohol count at well over three times the legal limit.

Head of the Force Road Policing Unit, Inspector Neil Lumsden said: “It is encouraging to see that the number of people caught drink driving is not only down on last weeks figures but also down on the same period last year. Clearly the ‘don’t drink and drive’ message is having an effect, but five drivers are still too many.

“What is concerning is the alcohol counts of those detected as they were all very close to, if not more than, double the legal amount and one was well over triple the amount. These people will be noticeably under the effects of alcohol so I once again encourage the public that if you are aware of someone getting into a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol, report it to us.”

He continued: “With just over a week until the festive break and many with social events planned, I urge you all to plan your transport home. Don’t risk ruining your holiday and potentially risk your livelihood not to mention yours and others lives by making one simple wrong decision.”

Northern Constabulary is joining Scotland’s other forces in this four week campaign to target those who continue to break the drink or drug drive laws but stress that officers will remain vigilant out with this time to target these dangerous offences.

Police are urging the public to help by reporting anyone they suspect of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to Northern Constabulary on 0845 600 5703 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.