Festive drink drive campaign launched

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AN annual campaign to crack down on drivers using the roads under the influence of drink or drugs has been launched.

Fife police’s campaign will see the introduction of tough new measures targeting first time offenders who provide a sample for analysis, which is three times the legal limit or more and also those offenders who refuse to provide a sample for analysis without a reasonable excuse.

As well as receiving a criminal record, a substantial fine and an automatic 12 month ban, these drivers may now have their vehicle seized and, on conviction, have it taken away for good.

Head of road policing in Fife Chief Inspector David McCulloch said: “Tackling the menace drink and drug filled 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 pose a risk.

Last year the public provided information regarding concerns over drink driving by motorists and the force is once again encouraging this on 999 in any emergency or 0845 600 5702 or by calling Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.