17-year-old three times drink limit

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FIFTEEN drivers in Fife stand to lose their licences after being caught drink driving during the first week of Fife Police’s festive campaign.

And two drivers face losing their vehicle completely after indications that they were driving at over three times the legal limit.

Chief Inspector David McCulloch, head of road policing, said: “It is very disappointing that after the first week of the festive campaign, officers have already arrested 15 drivers for drink driving offences.

“Creating safer communities through such campaigns is at the forefront of our work to continue to keep our roads safe.”

The first day of the campaign saw a 17-year-old man, with only six-months driving experience, stopped while driving on the M90.

He failed the roadside breath test and went on to provide a sample indicating he was more than three times the legal limit.

Stop points

CI McCulloch continued: “Stop points across the region have led to a number of drivers being stopped. One 18-year-old was stopped at a routine stop point and provided a sample more than twice the limit.

“A 38-year-old man was similarly stopped and went on to indicate a reading of 113 (limit is 35).

“Both of the drivers who were over three times the limit stand to lose their vehicles as courts seek their forfeiture.

“As I have said previously, every driver who is stopped for an offence, is involved in an accident or smells of alcohol is guaranteed to be breathalysed.

“Officers will continue to carry out high visibility patrols at stop points across the region.

“I would encourage the public to continue to keep us informed when they suspect someone is driving or going to drive while under the influence.

“Take a taxi or arrange a lift, have a designated driver who stays sober, but rest assured that if you take a chance behind the wheel while under the influence, we will be there to catch you.”