A TWO-WEEK initiative that aims to crack down on the ‘hard core’ of motorists who continue to get behind the wheel while under the influence of drink or drugs was launched on Monday.
Officers from Lothian and Borders Police will be taking part in the national summer drink/drug drive campaign spearheaded by the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland (ACPOS).
The initiative, which ends on Monday, June 20, will see high visibility patrols and unmarked police vehicles deployed on local roads.
In addition, road checks will also take place at various times and locations across the Force area.
The fortnight of activity will target those people who still think that it is acceptable to get behind the wheel while drunk or on drugs.
This ‘hard core’ of offenders, who persist in flouting the law in the “mistaken belief” that they won’t get caught, will be the focus of police attention.
In particular, officers will actively seek to use powers that allow the courts to confiscate repeat offenders’ vehicles if they are caught drink or drug driving.
Superintendent Alan Duncan, head of the road policing unit at Lothian and Borders Police, is leading the campaign locally. He said: “Over the next fortnight our officers will be carrying out marked and unmarked patrols on routes across the Force area, and they will be on the lookout for those who persist in getting behind the wheel while drunk or under the influence of drugs.
“Repeat offenders should be aware that they run the very real risk of losing their vehicles through the vehicle forfeiture scheme.
“We will be asking members of the public to lend their assistance by reporting suspected drunk or drugged drivers.
“This current campaign aims to drive the message home that we will not tolerate the behaviour of the minority of offenders who gamble with their own lives, and the lives of other people. That cannot and will not be tolerated.”