Police launch blitz on drink drivers

20.7.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes.  KIRKINTILLOCH. Police Station - pic of new Area Commander Chief Inspector Roddy Irvine.

20.7.12 Photograph Jamie Forbes. KIRKINTILLOCH. Police Station - pic of new Area Commander Chief Inspector Roddy Irvine.

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DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE - that’s the warning this week from East Dunbartonshire’s top cop as the festive season gets underway.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) launched a month-long campaign at the start of the week which will target those who get behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

And Chief Inspector Roddy Irvine, area commander for East Dunbartonshire, told the Herald his officers would be out in force to crackdown on those who flout the law and put lives at risk by driving while under the influence.

Chief Inspector Irvine said: “In line with the ACPOS campaign, we will be making every effort to trace those who fail to take heed of the Don’t Drink and Drive message.

“This message also extends to those who drive under the influence of drugs.

“We will utilise all available resources and vehicles in order to track these offenders down.

“Officers in East Dunbartonshire will patrol the area diligently and will make use of all intelligence and information available to them.

“I would re-iterate the message from ACPOS by urging the public to report suspected offenders to the police.

“Drink and drug driving can cost lives and I am determined that we keep our residents in East Dunbartonshire safe by doing our utmost to trace those who choose to drive while under the influence.

“I would also like to remind the public that the effects of alcohol may last into the next day and seriously impair their driving as well as potentially being over the limit.”

He added: “Throughout the festive season people will be enjoying time with their family and friends. My officers and I will be doing our utmost to ensure that nobody’s life is devastated by the reckless actions of selfish drivers.”

Members of the public have been urged to help end the scourge of drink and drug driving by reporting suspected offenders to the police or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Last year 7,445 people were charged with being over the limit.

Offenders could face a fine of up to £5,000 and lose their driving licence for at least a year. Repeat offenders and those who give a high reading could lose their vehicle.