Drink-drive crackdown from cops
Across South Lanarkshire, on a frequent basis, police arrest people who have been drink-driving and regrettably will likely continue to do so throughout the Christmas and New Year period.
Last week saw the launch of Police Scotland’s annual festive drinkdriving campaign, warning of the many consequences of doing so.
The national campaign reinforces the message that the best approach is not to consume any alcohol at all before driving, reminding motorists that even if you’re slightly over the limit, in the eyes of the law you are a drink-driver and a criminal.
The senior police officer in charge has urged people to plan ahead, so that rushed decisions or poor judgements aren’t made about how to get home, and is also reminding everyone that even the morning after you can still be over the limit. It’s a yearly reminder for all of us about the consequences and devastating impact it can have on so many people.
There is, of course, the potential for disqualification from driving, financial penalties or even a prison sentence. Many drink-drivers regret their actions for the rest of their lives because of the impact on their own life, their family’s lives or anyone else affected by their actions. Drinkdriving brings a greater risk of causing serious injury or even death. There will, of course, be dedicated police officers targeting drink-drivers, and hopefully their presence can deter some from doing so and help arrest those who ignore the law.
Local officers also have a part to play in the national campaign and as recently as this week, in Blackswell Lane, Hamilton, they had cause to pursue and arrest a driver who was allegedly over the drink-driving limit and driving in a careless manner whilst doing so. This campaign will continue well into the New Year, and I would strongly urge everyone not to drink and drive.
Staying with Hamilton, a house on Barnhill Drive was broken into between Tuesday and Thursday, November 27 and 29, with a door being forced open. Items of sentimental and financial value were taken, including a watch and rings, as well as cash.
In the same week, there was an attempted break-in to a house on Scholars Wynd. It is possible these crimes are linked. If you have any information relating to either of these incidents, please contact PC Porteous at Hamilton Police Office.
In Station Road, Blantyre, a male tried to break into a vehicle belonging to one of the residents. It happened at 3.30am on Friday, November 30. Despite police officers and a dog unit attending, the suspect was not caught. If you are able to help, please contact us.
Finally, in Larkhall, officers are making enquiries into a car that was set on fire in Glengowan, which is in the Millheugh area. It happened around 2.20am on Saturday, December 1. Please contact DC Divers of Cambuslang CID if you have any information regarding this matter.
If you have any information on these crimes or anything you feel should be reported, then call 101.