Police Scotland launch fresh drive to detect drugged-up drivers

Road Policing officers will focus their attention on suspected drug drivers as part of a national campaign to tackle law-brekers and improve road safety.

Thursday, 19th August 2021, 4:55 pm

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The campaign – which runs until August 22 – will be followed by an enforcement operation carried out between from August 23 until August 29.

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You're banned if this gives a 'positive' result for drugs. (Pic: Police Scotland)

During the summer drink and drug drive campaign that took place in July, officers conducted 75 roadside drug tests, as well as 427 roadside breath tests. This concluded in 156 drink and drug offences being reported. Out of the 156 offences reported, 66 of these were related to drink driving, 41 to those driving a vehicle with a drug over the prescribed limit, 17 to driving a vehicle whilst unfit through drink or drugs, and 32 drivers who failed to comply with a requirement to provide a sample.

Superintendent Simon Bradshaw said: “We have sadly seen time and time again that people are willing to risk driving under the influence, or over the limit of drugs and it is simply unacceptable. Roadside drug testing has been in place for almost two years and road policing offers are detecting drug driving offences far too regularly.

“The purpose of this new campaign is to raise awareness of the drug limits in place and to highlight the dangers that drug driving brings. Drug, or drink, driving can and does have fatal consequences which should be enough of a deterrent. You could go to jail, lose your job and license, and be given a fine.”

A motorist has their drug test results explained. (Pic: BBC Scotland)

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