Po­lice drive home ‘morn­ing after’ mes­sage to mo­torists

Argyllshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AS PO­LICE Scot­land’s week-long sum­mer drink/drug drive cam­paign draws to a close, po­lice have re­minded mo­torists that ab­sti­nence is the best pol­icy.

The cam­paign com­bined in­tel­li­gence-led high vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols and road­side checks, partly to iden­tify early morn­ing mo­torists who may still be un­der the in­flu­ence from the night be­fore.

An ear­lier cam­paign in May saw 121 driv­ers re­ported for drink or drug driv­ing and Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Andy Ed­mon­ston, head of road polic­ing for Po­lice Scot­land, said: ‘It is dis­ap­point­ing that so many peo­ple made the wrong de­ci­sion ear­lier this sum­mer and were pre­pared to put them­selves and ev­ery other road user at risk.

‘They are now pay­ing the con­se­quences for their ac­tions.

‘I would urge all driv­ers not to make the same mis­take and to re­mem­ber that while there are many ad­di­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties at this time of year to so­cialise and where al­co­hol may be avail­able, the fact is that the ef­fects of al­co­hol do not wear off im­me­di­ately.

‘Driv­ers must con­sider that even if you make al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments to get home after an event, you could be over the limit the next day.

‘Our mes­sage is sim­ple: the best ap­proach is none.’

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