POLICE forces across Scotland have this week launched the annual Don’t Drive and Drive campaign ahead of the festive season.
The four week campaign – backed by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) – will target those driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Officers in marked and unmarked vehicles will be patrolling alongside local police in a bid to target trouble spots.
The initiative has also been rolled out on television and radio, with advertising running from this week, underlining the message that “if you choose to drink and drive, you choose to lose your licence”.
Deputy chief constable Tom Ewing, road policing spokesman for ACPOS, 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 7445 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”.
Anyone who wishes to report a suspected drunk driver can do so by contacting their local station, or Crimestoppers (anonymously) on 0800 555 111.