Drink-drive charge af­ter war me­mo­rial knocked over

Evening Express (City Final) - - Front Page - BY DALE HASLAM

A MAN is to ap­pear in court ac­cused of drinkdriv­ing and crash­ing into a north-east war me­mo­rial. The 29-year-old is al­leged to have been be­hind the wheel of a car on the A98 Banff-to-port­soy road when it col­lided with a war me­mo­rial in Boyn­die. The me­mo­rial is on a grass verge be­tween the road and a layby and its gran­ite pil­lar could be seen yes­ter­day knocked out of its foun­da­tions. It pays trib­ute to those who gave their lives while serv­ing in RAF Banff Wing dur­ing the Sec­ond World War. The al­leged in­ci­dent came a day af­ter Po­lice Scot­land launched a crack­down on drink-driv­ing in the run up to the fes­tive pe­riod. A Po­lice Scot­land spokeswoman said: “We launched the na­tional ini­tia­tive on Satur­day, which will run un­til Jan­uary 2 and will see off­fi­cers con­duct high-vis­i­bil­ity pa­trols. “With this year’s cam­paign days old, two driv­ers have been charged with drink-drive of­fences.” She added the man is due to ap­pear at El­gin Sher­iff Court at a later date – as is a 32-year-old woman who has also been charged with drink-driv­ing in an al­leged in­ci­dent that is un­re­lated. Dur­ing last year’s crack­down, po­lice took ac­tion against 59 driv­ers who were charged with drink or drug driv­ing of­fences. Road Polic­ing In­spec­tor Neil Mor­ri­son, in­set, said: “Drink-driv­ing or driv­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of drugs, pre­scribed or oth­er­wise, is not ac­cept­able at any time of the year and the fes­tive pe­riod is no ex­cep­tion. “It is a time of cel­e­bra­tion and an op­por­tu­nity to so­cialise. “Of course I ex­pect peo­ple to go out and en­joy them­selves but I would also ex­pect ev­ery­one to do this safely. “We have a zero-tol­er­ance ap­proach to drink-driv­ing. “If you are stopped driv­ing while over the limit, you will face dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion, fines and also run the risk of hav­ing your ve­hi­cle seized.”

The war me­mo­rial in Boyn­die, be­tween Banff and Port­soy, knocked over by an al­leged drink-driver

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