Warn­ing for drink driv­ers as po­lice ramp up road checks

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As the fes­tive party sea­son gets into full swing, Ren­frew­shire po­lice are warn­ing rev­ellers to leave the car at home.

Po­lice Scot­land will step up pa­trols across the re­gion as they tar­get drink and drug driv­ers in the run up to the Christ­mas pe­riod.

The an­nual road safety cam­paign urges driv­ers to think about the dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences get­ting be­hind the wheel while over the limit can have.

In­spec­tor Gil­lian Gard­ner, head of the road polic­ing unit for Ren­frew­shire and In­ver­clyde, has called on peo­ple to en­joy them­selves re­spon­si­bly.

She told the Ex­press: “Our fes­tive safety cam­paign runs un­til Jan­uary 2.

“We tar­get mo­torists who may be un­der the in­flu­ence of drink or drugs through­out the year, and tra­di­tion­ally we run a cam­paign aimed at high­light­ing the risks through­out the fes­tive sea­son.

“The mes­sage I have for driv­ers this Christ­mas is — don’t risk it. There is no safe limit.

“Last year, one in 30 driv­ers stopped across Scot­land dur­ing this pe­riod were found to be over the limit when breathal­ysed, with 625 driv­ers fail­ing a breath test.

“In re­cent months, we have seen an in­crease of around 30 per cent in de­tec­tions of drink driving.

“This is wor­ry­ing, but also shows that mem­bers of the pub­lic are in­creas­ingly re­port­ing drink or drug driv­ers to us.

“It is im­por­tant that driv­ers think about the po­ten­tially dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences, not only for them­selves, but for other road users.

“Road di­vi­sion of­fi­cers will be car­ry­ing out static road checks, along with mobile pa­trols, in marked and un­marked cars across Ren­frew­shire.

In­spec­tor Gard­ner also urged party-go­ers makes sure they plan ahead be­fore head­ing out on a night out.

She added: “If you are go­ing out over the Christ­mas pe­riod and plan to have a drink, then I would ask that you plan ahead.

“Make sure you have or­gan­ised a lift or booked a taxi.

“We want peo­ple to en­joy them­selves, but we want them to do so re­spon­si­bly.

“I would urge mem­bers of the pub­lic who sus­pect some­one may be driving, or about to drive un­der the in­flu­ence to call 999 im­me­di­ately.

“I would also ask mem­bers of the pub­lic who may have in­for­ma­tion about drink or drug driving to call 101 or Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.”

Out in force Po­lice will be keep­ing a close eye on mo­torists over the fes­tive sea­son

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