Police in the Highlands and Islands are urging motorists not to drive under the influence of alcohol following a number of recent reported incidents.

The safety message comes after five drivers were detected to be over the legal limit or refused to give a breath sample over the course of the last weekend alone.

Detections were made across the Highlands, including in the Inverness, Ross-shire and Skye areas from Friday morning until Sunday night.

As a result of this activity, four men aged 28, 30, 30 and 47 and a woman aged 27-years-old will appear in court in due course.

Chief Inspector Iain MacLelland said: "The people caught drink driving this weekend will face the courts but the results of behaviour like this can be much more serious.

"Driving while over the limit not only puts your own life at risk but that of other road users.

"It is extremely disappointing that despite the many warnings that have been given over the years, people are still found to be over the limit while driving and we have noticed a slight increase in the number of people caught this year which is very concerning.

“It is a proven fact that any alcohol in your system can drastically impair your ability to drive safely. Our message is clear there is no safe limit for drinking and driving - if you are getting behind the wheel of a car do not drink at all.

"One positive is that we regularly receive information from concerned members of the public which we are very grateful for.

"Our communities do not accept this kind of behaviour and we have a zero tolerance approach and will take action against anyone suspected of drink driving."

If you are concerned about someone behind the wheel of a vehicle then contact police as soon as is it is safe to do so by calling 101, or 999 in the case of an emergency.