The law hammers drunk drivers

DESPITE the best efforts of a major publicity drive, no fewer than 15 drivers were arrested in Tayside during the third week of the festive drink/drugs drive campaign.

However, in Tayside there has been an overall reduction of three detections compared with the same period of last year’s campaign. Eighty per cent of the drivers detected during week three were between 26 and 55 years old. Four of those detected in the third week were women, and 11 were men.

Of concern to the police was the fact that five drivers were found to be about three times or more over the legal limit to drive. Two of those were women.

A Police spokesman warned: “Not only should they have been aware of the very real dangers associated with driving while having ridiculously high levels of alcohol in their bodies, they have all risked the possibility of having their vehicles seized, and ultimately forfeited by the courts.”

Concerned members of the public have again demonstrated their continued support by telling police about drivers they suspect of drink/drug driving. Such calls have so far resulted in over 42 per cent of the detections during the campaign.

Some examples where such irresponsible drivers have been traced as a direct result of information received from the public during the last week include:

• After a vehicle was seen being driven erratically on Kingsway West, Dundee, a 46-year-old man was subsequently found by police to be more than three times the legal limit. He appeared at Dundee Sheriff Court and was fined £1,000, disqualified from driving for three years and has the car he was driving was forfeited by the court.

• A 32 year-old man was reported by the public to be driving erratically and dangerously on the A90 south of Brechin. The vehicle was stopped by police on the outskirts of Dundee and the driver provided a breath reading of 77 - more than twice the legal limit. He was also reported for additional road traffic offences.

• A 45-year-old woman was stopped on Kingsway West in Dundee and found to be almost three times the legal limit to drive.

Road patrols by uniformed Tayside Police officers also detected the following drivers.

• A 30-year-old woman driving in Dundee City Centre subsequently provided a breath reading of 111.

• A 42-year-old man driving in Balbeggie Terrace, Dundee, subsequently provided a breath reading of 107.

• A 29-year-old man driving in East Muirlands, Arbroath, subsequently provided a breath reading of 115.

• As a result of driving without either insurance or a driving licence a further 18 drivers have had their vehicles seized.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, Head of Road Policing, said: “The number of drink drivers that we are detecting as a result of information from the public is absolutely magnificent and I cannot stress enough how grateful we are for that. Two of these reports have resulted in drivers being found to be more than three times the legal limit of 35 micrograms.”

Anyone wishing to report a drink/drug driver should call Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or pass information anonymously via the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

In an emergency, call 999.