121 drink and drug drivers caught in a week

Monday, May 22, 2017


A total of 121 drivers were detected for drink/drug driving offences following 3,619 breath tests carried out in last week’s Police Scotland drink/drug drive campaign.


This equates to one in 30 of every test carried out.


A driver in South Lanarkshire found to be almost five times over the legal limit, was among 121 offenders. 


The figures have led to police chiefs warning the number of road users involved in drink or drug driving is still far too high.


The week-long campaign was run to coincide with the time of year when statistics show Scotland’s road users are at their highest risk of being killed or seriously injured because the driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.


Officers found one driver in Dundee, aged 39, who was more than twice the limit and was driving without a licence or insurance, so his vehicle was seized. They also found one driver, aged 66, who was more than four times the limit in Strathaven, and another, aged 35, in Cambuslang, who was almost five times the limit.


During the campaign six drivers were found to be over the limit between 6am and 10am the following day.


Chief Superintendent Andy Edmonston, Head of Road Policing for Police Scotland, said: “The number of drivers detected is obviously too high – even one person detected is one too many. It is disappointing that so many people made the wrong decision last week and were prepared to put themselves and every other road user at risk


“These results highlight that the effects of alcohol do not wear off immediately and drivers must consider that even if you make alternative arrangements to get home after an event, you could be over the limit the next day, depending upon the amount you have had to drink.


“Drivers must be aware of this if they intend getting behind the wheel the following morning. Make sure you do not get caught out, like some of these drivers did.”

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