600 driv­ers caught out

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page -

Ren­frew­shire mo­torists were among al­most 600 peo­ple caught drink or drug-driv­ing over the fes­tive pe­riod.

Fig­ures re­leased by Po­lice Scot­land fol­low­ing the sea­sonal crack­down, from De­cem­ber 1 to Jan­uary 2, show 8,632 driv­ers were stopped and breathal­ysed, with 565 found to be com­mit­ting drink or drug-driv­ing of­fences.

This is equiv­a­lent to one ev­ery 15 mo­torists breathal­ysed found to be over the limit.

And of those 565 peo­ple, 23 were caught driv­ing the morn­ing after they had been drink­ing.

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Mark Wil­liams said:“I am very dis­ap­pointed that of the 8,632 driv­ers stopped and breathal­ysed dur­ing our fes­tive road safety cam­paign, we caught 565 peo­ple for drink/ drug-driv­ing of­fences.

“This means that one in ev­ery 15 driv­ers breathal­ysed by of­fi­cers were over the limit, com­pared with one in 28 dur­ing the same pe­riod in 2017/18.

“It was very alarm­ing that dur­ing this pe­riod, 33 mo­torists were caught more than four times over the limit.”

He added he was “en­cour­aged by the num­ber of calls re­ceived from mem­bers of the pub­lic pro­vid­ing ac­cu­rate in­for­ma­tion about drink-driv­ers, which helped of­fi­cers to act promptly and stop them.”

Dur­ing the fes­tive pe­riod, po­lice made 64 ve­hi­cle for­fei­ture re­quests to the procu­ra­tor fis­cal as a re­sult of drink-driv­ing.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Humza Yousaf added: “It is dis­ap­point­ing that a per­sis­tent mi­nor­ity of driv­ers are con­tin­u­ing to ig­nore the law and put their lives and those of oth­ers at risk, by driv­ing while un­der the in­flu­ence of al­co­hol.”

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