POLICE forces have given their clearest ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’ message yet this festive season and pledge to use every means at their disposal to track down those who fail to heed warnings.
The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) is backing a four-week campaign starting this week targeting those who drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Officers in marked and unmarked vehicles will be on the lookout for offenders as will all officers who are on patrol in their own local areas.
Information and intelligence will be gathered on possible trouble spots and potential drink or drug drivers.
Police urging the public to help end drink and drug driving by reporting suspected offenders to the police or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Deputy Chief Constable Tom Ewing from Fife Constabulary, who speaks on road policing matters for ACPOS, said: “Last year we saw 7445 people charged with being over the limit which is a simply unacceptable figure.
“We will use every means at our disposal to track down those who drive after taking alcohol or drugs and with our law enforcement partners will ensure that they face the consequences.
‘‘That is likely to mean a fine, loss of driving licence for at least a year and, for repeat offenders and those who give a high reading, the chance of losing their vehicle.”