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Drink driving message not getting through

The message to motorists about the dangers of driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs does not appear to be getting through, according to the latest figures.

As part of the annual summer campaign coordinated by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS), police forces across Scotland have been carrying out high profile and unmarked patrols to target those risking their lives and the lives of others.

Over the last seven days, 116 people have been reported for drink driving, an additional three were detected whilst unfit through alcohol and 16 were unfit through drugs. Four repeat offenders were detected and consideration is being given by the court to seize their vehicle.

Assistant Chief Constable Tom Ewing from Fife Constabulary, who is the ACPOS Road Policing Business Area Secretary said:

“I am disappointed by these figures, which show an increase in the number of offenders caught compared to the first week of last year’s campaign.

“Drivers should be in no doubt – this is a serious offence and you could face a prison sentence. We will continue to patrol the roads day and night and if you get behind the wheel when you shouldn’t, we will catch you.”