Police Scotland cracks down on drink and drug driving

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Police in Scotland have launched a week-long clampdown on drink and drug driving.

Early May sees a peak in the risk of being killed or seriously injured by a driver under the influence of alcohol or drugs on Scottish roads, according to statistics.

As a result, intelligence-led high visibility patrols and roadside checks have been in force to detect those driving under the influence of drink or drugs. Officers will also be on the lookout for early morning motorists who may still be over the limit from the night before.

The campaign forms part of Police Scotland’s commitment to achieving the Scottish government’s 2020 casualty reduction targets, tackling the risks associated with drink and drug driving.

Chief superintendent Andy Edmonston, head of road policing at Police Scotland, said: “As we head towards summer, there are many additional social events for people to attend and many people will take the opportunity to have an alcoholic drink.”

Mr Edmonston said that all drivers have a duty to consider the amount of alcohol they consume if they intend to get behind the wheel afterwards.

“It is important to remember that the measures of alcoholic drinks consumed at social events can be significantly more than pub measures,” he went on to say.

“Unfortunately, people can get caught up in the moment and unintentionally or otherwise overindulge in alcohol.”

He urged drivers to consider making alternative arrangements to get home after an event, but stressed that some motorists may still be feeling the effects of alcohol after a night’s sleep.

The week-long campaign, which launched on May 5th, and the increased visibility and activity throughout the country was designed to remind the public that drink and drug driving is highly dangerous and publicly unacceptable.

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, adds: “It’s amazing to think that despite all the anti-drink-drive adverts around Christmas, December isn’t the worst time of year for driving under the influence. We applaud Police Scotland’s efforts in tackling springtime drink-driving.”