Drink and drug drivers targeted

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Tayside Police has joined with all other Scottish Forces in launching the national Festive Road Safety Campaign for this season.

In Tayside, as with other parts of Scotland, the focus of the four-week campaign will once again be predominantly drink and drug drivers.

With the continued support of the public, Tayside Police has made it clear that wherever they detect irresponsible drivers, they will be put before the courts to answer for their actions at the earliest opportunity.

Tayside Police will make full use of the Vehicle Forfeiture Initiative, which allows the courts to order the seizure and forfeiture of a drink driver’s vehicle when they have had a previous conviction within the last five years for a drink or drug driving related offence, or have a pending case of a similar nature.

Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, Head of Road Policing in Tayside, said: “It is totally unacceptable that law-abiding road users are exposed to potential danger by a minority of irresponsible individuals. The actions of people who are prepared to risk driving whilst under the influence of drink or drugs demonstrate an utter disregard for the lives of other people and themselves.

“It is clear that the vast majority of people find the thoughtless and reckless behaviour of drink and drug drivers abhorrent and inexcusable. During last years festive campaign approximately a third of the drivers detected for drink or drug driving were as a result of calls from members of the public.

“I thank them for their support and ask them to continue providing the same level of support in assisting us rid the roads of drink and drug drivers.”

Any member of the public who wishes to report a drink or drug driver is urged to contact Tayside Police on 0300 111 2222, or the charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

If you believe it is an emergency situation phone 999.