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Police Underline Their Promise That Drink Drivers Won't Get Away With It This Festive Season

Issued: 28 Dec 2006

Northern Constabulary has promised to continue its crackdown on drink and drug drivers and the message is clear - you won't get away with it.

A staggering 19 drink drivers were detected during week three of the Force's Festive Safety Campaign, up from 12 for the same week in 2005.

One drug driver was also detected, making it a total of four drug drivers since the Force's campaign, labelled Enjoy It Don't Destroy It, began three weeks ago.

The public's patience would appear to have run out in relation to drink drivers. Of the 19 drink drivers detected this week 12 of them were reported by members of the public. The others were detected by Police on patrol.

There were eight collisions involving drink during week three of the campaign including one, which involved injury.

Northern Constabulary is urging people to drive responsibly and not put themselves and other road users at risk by getting behind the wheel whilst under the influence of drink or drugs.

Inspector John Smith of Northern Constabulary's Road Policing Section said:

"I think it is very significant that many of the drink drivers were reported by members of the public.

"It shows that people's patience has run out and they are no longer willing to stand by and watch others put lives at risk."

He added: "There are still too many people who are choosing to ignore the warnings in relation to drink and drug driving.

"We will continue to pro-actively Police the roads and detect as many people as possible for this dangerous and selfish act."

"We would also like to thank the public of the Highlands and Islands for their support and would urge people to continue to come forward with information in relation to drink or drug drivers."


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