DURING the two weeks of the Tayside Police Summer Safety Campaign 18 drivers were found drink driving.
Following the success of the campaign, the Force have been extremely encouraged and grateful for the continued support of the public.
Four of those detected and removed from the road were as a direct result of calls received from the public who expressed great concern about the way individuals were driving, or that someone was even intending to get behind a wheel after drinking alcohol.
Of the 18 drivers dealt with, 12 were men and six were women. Two drivers were in the 17 to 25 year age group.
Six drivers were detected as a result of being involved in road traffic collisions. Thankfully and due to good fortune, no one was very seriously injured in these collisions. The consequences for those injured, or who have had their vehicles or property damaged by these drivers are bad enough, but experience has shown that the outcomes could have could have been very much worse.
Chief Inspector Sandy Bowman, Head of Road Policing in Tayside, said: “The numbers of drivers detected during this two week campaign shows a slight reduction from last years campaign where 23 drivers were brought before the courts. Whilst this reduction is encouraging to a degree, it is still totally unacceptable that some 18 drivers failed to take account of our warnings about the dangers and consequences of drink driving, took the risk and got behind the wheel of a vehicle.
“By doing so, their thoughtless and selfish actions placed them and all other road users at risk. It is very apparent there can be no let up in the quest to rid Tayside’s roads of those drivers who are prepared to drive under the influence of either drink or drugs.
“Law abiding and safety conscious members of the public share our concerns and have no tolerance for this behaviour and I would thank all of those members of our communities who have contacted us to help prevent tragedies. Our shared concerns will see us continue to work together in identifying and detecting those irresponsible drivers who harbour the potential to cause heartbreak and misery on our roads.”
Tayside Police also continued to provide education and carry out enforcement action around other road safety dangers and risks.
Officers detected 61 drivers who had failed to wear a seat belt, along with 10 front seat passengers and one rear seat passenger. Thankfully no children were found to be inappropriately restrained. A total of 88 drivers were detected driving while using a mobile phone and 207 drivers were detected speeding by police officers. In total, 23 vehicles were seized from their drivers, as they either had no valid insurance or current driving licence. A further two vehicles were seized from their drivers because they were being used in an anti social manner.
If you suspect a drink or drug driver, please contact us on 0300 111 2222, or contact the charity Crimestoppers in complete confidence on 0800 555 111 at any time. If it is an emergency – call 999.