Police today repeated their plea of last week for motorists not to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs after 15 people were arrested for drink-driving offences during the past weekend across the North-East.
The weekend offences occurred between 7am on Friday, July 29 and 7am on Monday, August 1, across Aberdeen and in the Elgin, Forres, Buckie, Peterhead, Fraserburgh, New Pitsligo Inverurie and Oldmeldrum areas. The drivers involved were aged between 18 and 41 years.
Road Policing Inspector Jon Barron said, "Only last week I pleaded with motorists to act responsibly and not to drive while under the influence of drink or drugs. Sadly, this past weekend, a small minority have again seen fit to put themselves and others at risk by ignoring the advice I offered. These drivers will now have to face the significant consequences of their irresponsible actions; personal, financial and a variety of others.
"As I said previously, my officers, and those in the Local Policing Teams, will continue to do our utmost to deter those who seem intent on putting lives at risk on the North-East's roads. Your help and support is absolutely crucial to help us ensure we can all use the roads safely and free from those willing to endanger us all by having been drinking or taken drugs. Please, if you think someone may be driving under the influence, tell us as soon as you can.
"Phone Police Scotland on 101 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. If you think the situation merits an emergency response, please call 999."
Anyone found under the influence will be arrested and may be kept in custody until they appear in Court. If convicted of driving or attempting to drive whilst above the legal alcohol limit, or impaired by alcohol or drugs, or fail to provide a specimen of breath for analysis or a specimen of blood or urine for a laboratory test, a driver can expect:
Automatic Loss of licence - a 12 month driving ban
A criminal record - for a minimum of 20 years
A risk of being fined up to £5,000
A risk of being imprisoned for up to 6 months
An increased risk of losing your vehicle
Authorities have the power to seek seizure and forfeiture of a driver’s vehicle under the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988.