Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, warn cops

THERE is no hiding place in East Dunbartonshire – that's the warning from police to would-be drink and drug-drivers.

Strathclyde officers caught 2,699 drink and drug-drivers

between last December and the end of September – 270 per month.

Police have also been confiscating vehicles from repeat offenders. More than 100 vehicles have been seized or forfeited in just one year.

Local area commander, Chief Inspector Brian McInulty, said: "Road safety continues to be a priority in East Dunbartonshire. At this time of the year, people tend to celebrate and drink more than normal and I would

encourage them to leave their cars at home and make alternative arrangements to travel.

"Everyone also needs to be mindful of driving the morning after a night out. Our message to motorists is that we will be stopping you in your car to check you are within the legal limits.

"There will be no hiding place for drink drivers in East Dunbartonshire."

People are being urged to report anyone they suspect of drink/drug-driving to Crimestoppers.

During the first week of the festive crackdown in the Strathclyde force area, 27 people were caught driving under the influence of alcohol and a further three were found to be unfit through drugs.

The tough line on drink/drug-driving is being led by the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) and supported by the Scottish Government, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service, Scottish courts and Road Safety Scotland.

Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously 24 hours a day on 0800 555 111.

Strathclyde's road policing officers are using CCTV and high-visibility patrols to catch offenders. Unmarked cars are also being sent to high-risk locations, such as pubs where people may be tempted to drink and drive.

More than 220 motorists were caught drug or drink-driving in the Strathclyde Police area during last year's festive campaign.

Police are also warning motorists to make sure they use seatbelts.

Chief Constable Kevin Smith, head of ACPOS road policing, said: "It is staggering that so many people are willing to risk their lives and the lives of others. Over the festive campaign we will be increasing our road patrols, targeting those who continue to drive under the influence of drink or drugs.

"With this public support and increased police patrols across Scotland, my message to anyone considering taking to the roads under the influence of drink or drugs is, you will be caught."