Drink driving campaign begins

Grampian Police has launched its festive drink/drug driving campaign as part of a national approach to keeping our roads safe over the holiday period.

Patrols will be stepped up and officers will looking closely for drivers who are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

This year’s ACPOS campaign, which runs from December 3 to January 3, launched on Tuesday, highlighting where someone who chooses to ignore the warnings may end up.

Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, head of road policing, said: “There is no doubt drivers getting behind the wheel when they have had too much alcohol has featured in a number of serious and fatal collisions across the north east in recent years, which has brought misery and heartache to numerous people.

“This type of behaviour is completely unacceptable and we will do everything in our power to track down those who flout the law and endanger other road users.

“There are tough measures for drivers who provide particularly high readings – those of three times the limit or more – or who refuse to give a sample for analysis. As well as a potential fine and a driving disqualification of at least one year, these drivers might have their cars taken away from them – for good.”

Ch Insp Wallace added: “We have to get the message across to people that they will be detected and brought before the courts if they take the risk of drinking and driving.

“As well as a fine, drink and drug drivers risk disqualification and the chance of losing their licence. On conviction these irresponsible drivers will have a criminal record and an offence which stays firmly on their driving licence for 11 years.”

Last year’s campaign saw a 21% increase in the number of drink-drivers caught over the four weeks of the festive campaign. Officers detected 57 drink-drivers and seven drug-drivers, compared to 47 drink-drivers and no drug-drivers during the 2010 campaign.