Six peo­ple ar­rested for drink driv­ing

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

Six peo­ple were de­tected to have been drink or drug-driv­ing over the fes­tive pe­riod in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang.

Dur­ing the fes­tive safety cam­paign – which ran be­tween De­cem­ber 2 and Jan­uary 2 across Scot­land – more peo­ple were found to be over the limit while driv­ing when com­pared to the same pe­riod the pre­vi­ous year.

A to­tal of 276 peo­ple were ar­rested across the west of Scot­land – 3.3 per cent of those breathal­ysed. That is up from 2.8 per cent in 2015.

In the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang cases, one driver was found to have five times the al­co­hol in his sys­tem than the le­gal limit; 22 mi­cro­grammes per 100 millil­itres of breath.

A fur­ther two peo­ple were four times the le­gal limit, two were three times the limit and one twice the limit.

Across the La­nark­shire polic­ing di­vi­sion a to­tal of 79 peo­ple were de­tected for driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol or drugs.

Chief In­spec­tor David McKen­zie said:“Given the pub­lic­ity that is given to drink-driv­ing every year, it beg­gars be­lief that peo­ple still put the lives of oth­ers and them­selves at risk by drink or drug driv­ing on our roads.

“Road polic­ing of­fi­cers have had a pres­ence in all six re­gions in the west of Scot­land over the cam­paign pe­riod to de­tect those who in­sist on dis­play­ing such self­ish be­hav­iour and risk­ing the safety of other road users.

“Hav­ing road checks can also help to de­ter mo­torists from drink or drug driv­ing and we use th­ese op­er­a­tions to en­gage with driv­ers to ed­u­cate and ex­plain the risks and con­se­quences of such be­hav­iour.

“As the party sea­son wraps up, road polic­ing of­fi­cers an­tic­i­pate that less peo­ple will drive af­ter drink­ing the night be­fore, how­ever as some risks re­duce, oth­ers in­crease. We are still in the mid­dle of win­ter and weather fore­casts in­di­cate that there will be some frost and snow­fall, which can af­fect driv­ers and the road­wor­thi­ness of ve­hi­cles.

“It is im­por­tant that mo­torists take care when driv­ing and en­sure their ve­hi­cle is safe and fit for driv­ing, par­tic­u­larly if the weather does take a turn for the worse.”

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