Police pledge to continue clampdown on drink drivers

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A FOUR week festive drive to clampdown on drink and drug drivers has come to an end.

But police chiefs are determined to make catching drivers who risk lives by drinking too much or taking drugs a priority throughout the year.

Deputy Chief Constable Tom Ewing, who led the campaign for the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, made the pledge after revealing that a total of 462 drivers had been caught over the limit across Scotland during the festive season - slightly down on last year.

He said: “This year’s campaign may be over but that does not mean that police officers will be ignoring the scourge of drink and drug driving.

“Quite the reverse in fact, it will be part of routine night and day to look out for those who are prepared to take the risk.

“We will track these people down using every means at our disposal and bring them to justice.”

He added: “The figures are down slightly on last year but in no way should that be seen as some kind of success. There are still too many people drinking and taking drugs before getting behind the wheel and I would urge anyone tempted to take the risk to think very carefully about the consequences. You will lose your licence, may lose your vehicle and face a substantial fine.”

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