Police report numbers drink or drug driving in first week of national campaign

The police message is clear - don't drink and drive this Christmas
The police message is clear - don't drink and drive this Christmas

Police in the Highlands and Islands report that a large number of those tested for drink or drugs driving during the first week of the festive safety campaign were found to be adhering to advice and not taking the risk.

Over the first week of the campaign, 317 drivers were checked for drink or drug driving across the region and a marginal eight were found to be committing offences.

Divisional Head of Road Policing, Inspector Neil Lumsden said: “I am happy to report that such a low number of road users are committing offences on our roads and therefore assisting in keeping them safe for all who use them.

“I would like to thank those members of the public who have provided us with information in relation to suspected drink drivers, which has led to a number of drivers being reported over the legal limit.”

He added: “I would like to reiterate my previous appeal to all of our communities in that they can make a difference by either deciding not to drive after drinking or reporting those who do. We all have a part to play in keeping our roads safe.”

Police are urging the public to contact 101 or at the time of an incident on 999 to provide any information on those they suspect to be drink or drug driving.

Reports can also be received anonymously by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555111 or online at www.crimestoppers/uk.org No personal details are taken, information is not traced or recorded and you will not go to court.

The multi agency Festive Drink Drive Campaign commenced on December 6th and will run until the beginning of January supported by advertising featured across TV, radio, online and in bar washrooms to remind drivers of the serious consequences and knock-on effects for them, their livelihoods and their families of drink driving.