Hard to believe - but drink-driving staggers on

TAYSIDE Police detected six drivers over the legal limit in the first week of the national Summer Safety Campaign, with half of those coming to police attention thanks to calls from members of the public concerned about the way they were driving.

Five of the six were men and one was a woman.

Two other men – both in their 50s - were found to be impaired through drugs after being involved in separate collisions.

In total, 50 per cent of those detected by police – four people - were involved in collisions.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing in Tayside, said: “The irresponsible actions of those whom we catch for drink or drug driving should – quite rightly – concern us all, as they have the very real potential to cause carnage on our roads.

“Once again, the law-abiding and responsible members of our community have been instrumental in supporting our aim to remove drink and drug drivers from our roads.

“They assist us in seeking out the irresponsible minority who think they are above the law and who continue to place themselves and everyone else at risk by taking a reckless chance.

“Those detected in the past week didn’t think they would be caught. They are now going through the court process and all of the implications to their business and social lives as a result of losing their licences.”

Last Saturday a motorist called Tayside Police after witnessing a collision. Officers found an 18-year-old man with a car that had failed to negotiate a bend. When breathalysed, he provided a positive breath test.

A day later, police officers saw a car being driven with no lights. The 18-year-old driver provided a positive breath test.

Chief Inspector Bowman continued: “Thankfully, but purely by chance, no one was injured in these incidents. It is particularly concerning that two young and inexperienced drivers were detected. Such drivers are still learning road skills. They only have a very limited experience of driving and are still developing skills that evolve with either training or developing their experiences on a daily basis over years.

“Mixing that inexperience and lack of ability with alcohol or drugs creates a potentially lethal cocktail.

“The perceived infallibility of youth has no place on our roads. It is too late to be remorseful after the fact – possibly when a tragedy has happened. Please don’t let that happen to you or to your friends. Think about your own actions and those of others.

“You do not have to be involved in a collision to have to provide a breath test. Don’t risk it!”

The inspector concluded: “I would like to thank the public for their continued support and ask that this co-operation continues. Together we can make the roads of Tayside and Scotland safer. Please contact us on 0300 111 2222 or contact the Crimestoppers number in complete confidence on 0800 555 111 at any time.”

Also during the campaign of education and enforcement Tayside Police detected 66 drivers and four passengers who had failed to wear a seatbelt, and 46 drivers who were using a mobile ‘phone while driving. A total of 138 speeding offences were also detected during the course of the week across the region.

No fewer than 15 vehicles were seized after being driven with no valid insurance or driving licence and a further range of other road traffic-related offences.