Slight reduction in festive drink drive figures

A TOTAL of 40 motorists were caught drink or drug driving over Tayside Police’s festive campaign, a slight reduction compared to last year.

Of those, 37 were found to be over the drink drive limit and three offences were drug related, overall a reduction of three offences since last year’s campaign.

In the annual crackdown’s fourth and final week 15 drivers, three men and 12 women aged between 20 and 67 years old, were arrested for drink driving in Tayside between Monday, December 24 and last Thursday, six of whom were traced as a direct result calls from concerned members of the public. Six of the drivers had also been involved in road traffic collisions although there were no serious injuries.

The campaign also tackled other road traffic offences and in its last 10 days 43 drivers and 5 passengers were reported for not wearing seat belts, eight drivers were reported for mobile phone offences and 179 drivers were caught speeding, with 113 drivers doing so in a built up area and 66 on the open road.

Calls from the public were responsible for catching 17 drivers and 10 were found to be over the limit after being involved in collisions. The remaining offenders were caught as a result of being stopped by officers on routine patrol for a variety of reasons including manner of driving or minor vehicle defects.

Overall, more than 500 drivers being detected speeding by officers in the force area and more than 900 were caught by the Tayside Safety Camera Partnership. A total of 176 people were detected not wearing a seat belt and 120 drivers were using a mobile phone at the wheel. There were also 36 seizures of vehicles being driven without insurance or a licence.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, head of road policing said: “Of those drivers we arrested, some have already appeared at court and have received fines ranging from £300 to £750 and have been disqualified from driving for the minimum period of 12 months and up to three years. I know that some of them are already regretting their actions and are now suffering the consequences of these penalties and the full effects that this will have on their personal and family life and employment.”