Published: 02/07/2018 15:03 - Updated: 05/07/2018 12:49

Aviemore included in "disappointing" drink driving cases

Written byTom Ramage

Police presence increased

Police Scotland confirmed today (Monday July 2) that nine drivers are to be reported for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs over the past weekend in the Highlands.

The detections came during the first weekend of a national safety campaign aimed at removing drink drivers from the roads.

Of the cases to be reported seven relate to drink drive offences, with the other two to driving under the influence of drugs.

The incidents were recorded across the region - with detections in Aviemore, Easter Ross, Nairn, Orkney, Skye and Fort William areas.

"Tackling drink driving is a key priority for police," said road policing Inspector Neil Lumsden.

"Performance figures reported to Highland Council last week revealed that the number of drivers detected has increased by 13 per cent - equating to 51 drivers more than the same period last year.

"To have nine drivers detected under the influence of either drink or drugs in a single weekend is very disappointing,

"All of the drivers who will be reported are Scottish residents so should be well aware of both the legislation and the dangers of getting behind the wheel under the influence.

"These incidents and the figures reported last week tell us that for a small but significant number of people the message is simply not getting through. It only takes one drink driver to put everyone else on the roads or pavements in danger.

"On the other hand, these detections show that our officers are in the right places to catch drink drivers and take them off the road.

"We will continue to take action against anyone suspected of drinking and driving. Many of these detections come about as a direct result of information from local communities who quite rightly do not accept this reckless behaviour. I would ask that people continue to share their concerns with us so our officers can take the necessary action."

Strathy readers can pass information to Police Scotland on 101 or 999 in an emergency.

They can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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