Monday, September 16, 2019
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Road policing officers in the Highland and Islands are urging motorists not to drink and drive during the festive period.

Local officers are supporting a national campaign, with high visibility static checks and mobile patrols on the roads to prevent and tackle the crimes of drink or drug driving.

This campaign will run throughout the festive period and aims to reduce the number of people committing such offences and detecting those who do - all in order to reduce the number of casualties on the roads.

During the 2017 festive campaign 37 motorists were charged with offences related to drink or drug driving in the Highland and Islands area.

This year's campaign began on the 1st December and three drivers have already been charged with drink drive offences. A 49 year old man and a 56 year old man are due to appear from custody today following offences at the weekend and a 37 year old woman was arrested and due to appear in court at a later date.

Road Policing Inspector Neil Lumsden said: "Drink driving is not acceptable at any time of the year and the festive period is no exception.

"People should be able to enjoy themselves at this time of year but I would urge anyone going out for a drink to plan their travel in advance so that the need or temptation to drive whilst under the influence is removed.

"As part of that they should consider any journeys they plan to make the following day, especially in the morning.

"Our advice is that the best approach is none - if you need to drive then do not drink and if you want to have a drink leave the car at home.

"Policing in the Highlands and Islands benefits from strong public support and we know that about 50% of all drivers detected driving whilst unfit due to drink or drugs are as a result of a report by a member of the public.

"We have a zero tolerance approach to drink driving and if you are caught over the limit, even if only slightly, you will face criminal action and risk losing your driving licence and having your vehicle seized.

"Please enjoy yourself during the festive period, and if you are going to drive my advice is do not drink any alcohol. Don’t let alcohol or drugs ruin your own or anybody else’s festive season."

Anyone with concerns about a suspected drink or drug driver is urged to contact 101 or 999 if it is an emergency to play their part in helping police officers keep people safe.

You can also pass on information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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