Grampian Police have caught 17 drink and drug drivers in the north east in the first week of the ACPOS Festive Drink Drug Driving Campaign.
Fourteen males and three female drivers were charged, with two drivers unfit to drive through taking drugs. Eleven offences took place in Aberdeen and six in Aberdeenshire. Three applications were made to forfeit vehicles.
Five drivers, nearly a third of those charged, were caught following being reported to the police by members of the public. A female driver, aged 38 years of age and driving to work, came to the attention of officers in Aberdeen through her manner of driving and was later found to be over four times the legal limit.
Chief Inspector Ian Wallace, Head of Road Policing for Grampian said: “We want to encourage people to make the right choice and decide against drinking and driving – an activity which can have catastrophic consequences. In week one of the festive campaign, 17 drivers have chosen to ignore our plea and to risk everything.
“I am very grateful for those people who have called us with information about drink drivers, with five of those calls leading to us stop a suspected drunk driver. I hope those calls will continue as we’re ready and waiting to act upon them.
“The safest ‘limit’ of alcohol if you are planning to drive is zero. Being just over the legal limit can still result in a driving ban at court and sticking to soft drinks is always the best option if driving.
“Police officers will be out again this week looking for drink and drug drivers and by working together, we can all make the roads safer this festive period.”
Drink or drug drivers can be reported 24 hours a day to police on 0845 600 5700, or anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.