June blitz on drink or drug drivers
DON’T RISK IT!
Tomorrow (1 June) sees the launch of a summer campaign to keep Scotland’s roads safer. Police Scotland’s four-week initiative aims to reduce the number of road traffic collisions and associated injuries on Scotland’s roads by reducing the number of drink or drug drivers.
The majority of road users are aware of the hazards relating to driving whilst unfit, yet a minority of people are still driving whilst under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Latest figures from Reported Road Casualties in Scotland 2011 shows there were an estimated 750 casualties on Scotland road in a single year as a result of a collision whereby one of the drivers was over the drink drive limit.
Inspector Ian Martin, Trunk Road Patrol Group, Road Policing, said: ‘‘Our commitment to dealing with drink and drug drivers lasts throughout the year. This four-week initiative provides us with the opportunity to remind the public of the dangers of driving under the influence or drink or drugs.
“During the summer months there are many social events such as barbecues for family and friends or larger organised events such as town shows or village galas. All are perfect opportunities to socialise in relaxed surroundings and many people will take the opportunity to have an alcoholic drink.
‘‘However it is important to remember that the measures of alcoholic drinks consumed at social events can be significantly more than pub measures. Unfortunately, people can get caught up in the moment and unintentionally or otherwise over-indulge in alcohol.
‘‘If you are planning to drive, then you have an individual responsibility to ensure that you do not over-indulge. The best advice is to abstain completely – DON’T RISK IT.’’
Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill said: “The message is clear – if you choose to drink or take drugs and drive, you choose to lose your licence. Scotland takes a tough stance on drink and drug driving, if you risk it you will get a driving ban, a large fine and a criminal record, and you could face a prison sentence and lose your vehicle for good.”