Police disappointed at number of drink drivers caught

OFFICERS from Lothian and Borders Police have caught a total of 19 people driving under the influence of drink or drugs during the first week of a national campaign.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:50 am
Updated Wednesday, 14th July 2010, 11:50 am

However, officers reported that no drivers had been caught in Berwickshire and the Borders.

The summer drink/drug drive campaign, which is being spearheaded by the Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland (ACPOS), got underway last week, and ends on Monday, July 19.

Officers from the Road Policing Unit at Lothian and Borders Police have been carrying out high visibility patrols throughout the Force area, as well as unmarked patrols.

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Among the offenders caught over the last week was a 33-year-old man from Haddington who collided with a utility vehicle on the A1 near Gladsmuir, East Lothian, on the first day of the campaign.

The driver was found to be under the influence of drugs, and charged accordingly.

A Lothian and Borders Police spokesman said: "We are disappointed at the number of people our officers have detected over the first week of this campaign.

"While the majority of motorists recognise the very real risks of drink or drug driving, it is clear that there remains a hardcore element of motorists who continue to get behind the wheel while under the influence.

"This kind of mindless behaviour cannot be tolerated, and over the next week of the campaign we will be focusing all of our efforts on catching those motorists who continue to gamble with their own lives, as well as the lives of others."