Campaign nets 17 in a week

A total of 17 drink and drug drivers were caught in the North-east in the first week of the ACPOS festive drink drug driving camapign - six of which were in Aberdeenshire.

According to Grampian Police, 14 males and three female drivers were charged and three applications were made to forfeit vehicles.

Two drivers were unfit to drive through taking drugs. Five drivers - nearly a third of those charged - were caught following being reported to the police by members of the public. A 38-year-old female driver, driving to work, came to the attention of officers in Aberdeen through her manner of driving and was later found to be over four times the legal limit.

Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, head of road policing for Grampian said: “We want to encourage people to make the right choice and decide against drinking and driving – an activity which can have catastrophic consequences. In week one of the festive campaign, 17 drivers have chosen to ignore our plea and to risk everything.

“I am very grateful for those people who have called us with information about drink drivers, with five of those calls leading to us stop a suspected drunk driver. I hope those calls will continue as we’re ready and waiting to act upon them.

“The safest ‘limit’ of alcohol, if you are planning to drive, is zero. Being just over the legal limit can still result in a driving ban at court and sticking to soft drinks is always the best option if driving.

“Police officers will be out again this week looking for drink and drug drivers and by working together, we can all make the roads safer this festive period.”

Drink or drug drivers can be reported on 0845 600 5700, or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.