Drink-drive crack­down from cops

Hamilton Advertiser - - NEWS - with­sergean­tjon Mcleish

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.

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