Drink drug driving campaign launched

GRAMPIAN police have launched a Summer campaign to crack down on motorists who drive under the influence of drink and drugs.

The initiative, running from 7am on Monday 6 June to 7am Monday 20 June, is part of a Scotland wide campaign by the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland.

Leslie Harrold, Road Safety Manager with Road Safety Grampian, warned that drink drivers faced not only losing their licence and the convenience of using a car, it could also lead to a conviction, a heavy fine and the loss of a driver’s job.

“Each person’s body processes alcohol at different speeds, so none of us know how quickly the alcohol will pass through your system”, he said. “Whether you have just had a glass of wine at lunchtime, or several drinks in the evening, you will not know how many units of alcohol are in your system, so the safest choice is not to drive.”

He continued “It may be tempting to have a couple of drinks at a barbeque or party and then choose to drive home. If you do that, you not only risk crashing and possibly injuring or killing yourself, you also risk losing your driving licence. We catch hundreds of drink drivers every year who thought they would be the one who would not get caught. So if you think you will not get caught, think again!”

“Losing your driving licence means at least a year of not taking the car to work, or to the shops or picking up your children from school. It might mean you could lose your job. Plus, the stigma of being a convicted drink driver, a conviction that stays on your driving licence for eleven years. If you are caught and it is your second drink driving offence you will forfeit your vehicle.

“For your safety and the safety of other road users, leave the car at home if you are going to be drinking alcohol or taking drugs.

“If you know anyone who does drive after taking drink or drugs, you can phone our Service Centre on 0845 600 5700 to report them or you can report them anonymously to the charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”