Reinforcing drink drive message - ‘don’t risk it’

THE TAYSIDE Division of Police Scotland is reinforcing its drink/drive message in the wake of the launch of the single national police force.

As part of the ‘Keeping People Safe’, which is central to the new force’s priorities, the division is emphasising zero tolerance for motorists caught driving under the influence of drink or drugs and that officers will “take every opportunity” to detect anyone committing offences.

A division spokeswoman said: “The impact of drink or drug driving can be enormous and affects many people, not just those who are caught.

“Working together, we can rid our roads of these selfish individuals who are not only willing to risk their lives but the lives of others.

“If you are stopped and we find that you are illegally impaired through alcohol or drugs we will not be sympathetic, there are no exceptions, you will be arrested and appear before the court.

“Drink or drug drivers found guilty will inevitably lose their licence, which in turn can have an impact on their employment status, personal life and social circumstances.

“It is very simple, if you doubt your ability to drive, do not get behind the wheel of any vehicle, its simply not worth it – don’t risk it.”

The spokeswoman added that continuing support from the wider community continues to be an important element in catching drivers flouting the law.

She continued: “The ongoing support from the community is indicative of the contempt in which they view these selfish individuals.

“The public are urged to continue to provide officers with information to assist in the detection of drink and drug drivers, in order for offenders to be placed before the courts at the earliest opportunity.

Anyone wishing to report a suspected drink or drug driver can contact Police Scotland on 101 or anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.