Drink drive crackdown

pic JUSTIN SPITTLE news'Pic of police stopping and fining drivers that have driven into to no go zone for cars on the Edinburgh High Street .
pic JUSTIN SPITTLE news'Pic of police stopping and fining drivers that have driven into to no go zone for cars on the Edinburgh High Street .

POLICE have vowed to continue targeting motorists who drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

Deputy chief constable Tom Ewing, who is the ACPOS lead on road policing, was speaking as the four week drink drug driving campaign across Scotland came to an end.

In the final week a total of 143 drink drivers were detected. A further six were detected unfit to drive through drugs and six more were unfit to drive due to the influence of alcohol.

He said: “This year’s campaign may be over but that does not mean that police officers will be ignoring the scourge of drink and drug driving.

“Quite the reverse in fact, it will be part of routine night and day to look out for those who are prepared to take the risk. We will track these people down using every means at our disposal and bring them to justice”.

Mr Ewing added: “A total of 462 drivers have been detected drink or drug driving during the campaign by the eight Scottish police forces, which will be the last drink drive campaign before Police Scotland is formed in April. “The figures are down slightly on last year but in no way should that be seen as some kind of success. There are still too many people drinking and taking drugs before getting behind the wheel and I would urge anyone tempted to take the risk to think very carefully about the consequences.

“You will lose your licence, may lose your vehicle and face a substantial fine”.