Police chiefs back campaign to target drink-drivers over festive period

Picture: Julie Bull

Picture: Julie Bull

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SCOTLAND’S police chiefs have backed a month-long campaign targeting those who drink and drive over the Christmas and New Year period.

• Police chiefs will support government calls to reduce alcohol limit, but say drivers should not drink any alcohol

• Police officers in marked and unmarked vehicles will look out for drink-drivers

• A TV and radio campaign will air the dangers of drink-driving

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (Acpos) said that, while they support Scottish Government proposals to reduce the alcohol limit, drivers should not drink any alcohol.

The campaign will see police officers in marked and unmarked vehicles on the look-out for drink-drivers. Information and intelligence will be gathered on possible trouble-spots and potential drink or drug drivers.

Police officers are also calling on the public to help the campaign by reporting suspected offenders to the police.

A television and radio advertising campaign is being aired to highlight the consequences of drink driving.

Deputy Chief Constable Tom Ewing, from Fife Police, said: “Throughout my career I have found it astonishing that people are prepared to risk not only the serious consequences of losing their licence but also the threat to life and limb by taking to the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“Last year we saw 7,445 people charged with being over the limit, which is a simply unacceptable figure.

“We will use every means at our disposal to track down those who drive after taking alcohol or drugs and, with our law enforcement partners, will ensure that they face the consequences. That is likely to mean a fine, loss of driving licence for at least a year and for repeat offenders and those who give a high reading the chance of losing their vehicle.

“Many serious crashes happen as a result of drivers drinking or taking drugs and as many as one in nine road deaths is related to a drink or drug driver. That is simply not acceptable and we must work together to end the scourge of drink and drug driving.”

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