Po­lice catch 20 driv­ers over the limit

The Oban Times - - News -

A TO­TAL of 20 peo­ple in Ar­gyll and West Dun­bar­ton­shire have been ar­rested for drink or drug driv­ing over the fes­tive pe­riod.

They were among 276 peo­ple de­tected for drink or drug driv­ing be­tween De­cem­ber 2 and Jan­uary 2 in the west of Scot­land. And po­lice have roundly con­demned those caught as part of the an­nual cam­paign.

Chief In­spec­tor David McKen­zie said it ‘beg­gars be­lief that peo­ple still put the lives of oth­ers and them­selves at risk by drink or drug driv­ing’ on our roads.

Dur­ing the fes­tive safety cam­paign, across Scot­land, the num­ber of peo­ple who were stopped, checked by po­lice and found to be over the limit had gone up.

The num­ber of those found over the limit has risen from 2.8 per cent to 3.3 per cent in a year.

This comes as the force in­creased their num­ber of checks by 15 per cent on the pre­vi­ous year.

Chief In­spec­tor McKen­zie added: ‘ 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.

‘It is im­por­tant mo­torists take care when driv­ing and en­sure their ve­hi­cle is safe and fit for driv­ing.’

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