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Three Drug Drivers Reported By Public Following Second Week Of Festive Safety Campaign

Issued: 21 Dec 2006

  • Drink drivers not involved in a collision – 11
  • Drink drivers involved in a collision – 4
  • Drink drivers involved in an injury collision – 2
  • Total – 17

Last year during week two of the campaign two drink drivers were detected having been involved in a collision and 16 were detected drink driving but not involved in a collision. Six drink drivers were involved in injury collisions.

The Force launched its annual Festive Safety Campaign a fortnight ago and the message to drivers over the festive period is crystal clear - Enjoy It Don’t Destroy It.

The campaign, which also focuses on drug drivers, saw no reports of those types of offences during the entire campaign last year.

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:

“It is disappointing that we have detected three people who appear to have been under the influence of drugs. This behaviour is totally unacceptable and is as equally dangerous as drink driving."

“I think it is very significant that all these people were reported by members of the public. It shows that law abiding citizens are not willing to stand idle and see certain individuals put people’s lives at risk.”

He added: “The drink driving figures are also extremely disappointing in that it shows that many people are still not heeding the warnings."

“What is clear is that our pro-active approach to this campaign means that people are not getting away with this crime and we will continue to target drink and drug drivers."

“We would 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.”

Figures will be provided by Media Services throughout the campaign on a weekly basis.

INCIDENTS OF NOTE

On 13 December a 57-year-old man was reported to the Procurator Fiscal in connection with alleged drink drive offences in the Nairn area. He was four times over the drink drive limit.

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