DRIVERS in north east Fife found to be over the limit could have their vehicle taken away - for good.
That’s the uncompromising message issued by Fife Police on Monday as they launched their annual festive drink and drug driving campaign.
Part of a Scotland-wide crackdown, the campaign sees the introduction of tough new measures targeting first time offenders who provide a sample for analysis that is three times the legal limit or more, as well as those offenders who refuse to provide a sample for analysis without a reasonable excuse.
They’ve been warned that they’ll not only get a criminal record, a substantial fine and an automatic 12-month ban, they could also now have their vehicle seized and, on conviction, have it taken away for good.
Fife’s head of road policing, Chief Inspector David McCulloch, warned: “Tackling the menace that drink and drug-fuelled drivers bring to our roads at this time of the year means we will be increasing the number of patrols on Fife’s busy road network.
“Police will be out in force across the Kingdom in both marked and unmarked vehicles and will regularly be acting on information provided by the public to catch those who flaunt the law.
“Stop points will be carried out on rural roads and in towns to deter and detect those who endanger themselves and others,” he continued.
“Every driver who is stopped for an offence, is involved in an accident or smells of alcohol is guaranteed to be breathalysed.
“If you take the chance to drive whilst under the influence there is a strong possibility that someone will report you or a police crew will pull you over.
“Take a taxi, arrange a lift from a friend or family member but don’t take the car and avoid walking home as every year tragedy befalls a Fife family when a loved one is knocked down walking home after a night out.”
Chief Inspector McCulloch also urged the public to contact police if they had concerns about motorists driving while under the influence of drink or drugs.
He said: “Last year the public provided information regarding concerns over drink driving by motorists and I would encourage them to contact us on 999 in any emergency or 0845 600 5702 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if they have information.”
During the past year, a total of 25 drivers in Fife have forfeited their cars under the Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988, which was first introduced during the 2009 festive drink drive campaign and extended in the summer of 2010 to include drug drivers.