Campaign snares 300 drink drivers

Almost 300 drink drivers were caught in this year's nationwide summer crackdown by Police Scotland.

Wednesday, 22nd June 2016, 3:14 pm
Updated Wednesday, 22nd June 2016, 4:18 pm
Police stopped more than 8000 drivers in this years summer drink driving campaign.

More than 8000 drivers were stopped and breathalysed during the two-week drink/drug driving campaign, which ran between June 3 and 17.

This equates to 1 in 27 drivers caught with alcohol in their system.

The campaign also incorporated a Local Day of Action, involving an extra 400 officers nationally, which supplemented road policing dedicated patrols and involved additional road checks.

Chief Superintendent Andy Edmonston, Head of Road Policing, said: “These figures demonstrate that Police Scotland is committed to catching those drivers who continue to choose to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

“Throughout the duration of the campaign our activity and visibility increased, with the aim of providing reassurance to the public that drink/drug driving is unacceptable.

“Deploying such a high number of extra officers to this priority clearly demonstrates our ongoing commitment to tackling the risks associated with drink/drug driving.

“Although the campaign has now ended, Police Scotland will continue to focus on this critical element of road safety. Our message is simple - the best approach is none.”