Police catch 20 drivers over the limit
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.’